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CLALS events intend to enrich understanding of Latin America and Latino communities in the U.S.

Religion and Environmentally-Induced Displacement in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engaging the Normative and Legal Landscape

January 23-24, 2020
Brasilia, Brazil

Together with the South American Network for Environmental Migrations(RESAMA), CLALS is planning a two-day invited workshop on normative and legal frameworks for governance and security challenges posed by rising numbers of environmental migrants in Latin America. This workshop will survey and analyze the current normative landscape while exploring possible religious contributions to regional deliberations on this topic. It will also form the basis for a comprehensive report addressing this set of issues, to be shared with appropriate agencies across the region. The first of an anticipated three such meetings, this workshop is part of a new three-year Center project, generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. More details about this project are found here.

Sixth Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum (ALPAF 2020)

February 13-14, 2020
Claudio Grossman Hall, Washington College of Law

Together with the American University Washington College of Law (WCL) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), CLALS will host a one-and-a-half day symposium focused on defending and reinforcing the bests interests principle as the central framework for decision-making involving immigrant children. In addition to bringing to the fore of the public discussion the U.S. government’s failures to provide immigrant children with treatment consistent with standards widely accepted under domestic law and international norms, the symposium will serve as a forum for generating concrete recommendations for implementing the best interests standard in the immigration context. Further information about symposium panels, speakers, and related activities will be updated here as it becomes available.