CLALS depends on generous support from American University, individual donors, private foundations, and other agencies. The following are agencies that currently fund or have funded Center activities:
American Friends Service Committee
With support from the American Friends Service Committee, CLALS staff prepared a
report on the challenges of reconstruction in Haiti.
The Arca Foundation provided support for CLALS Research Fellow
Héctor Silva's research on the 1989 Jesuit Massacre and the case's enduring influence on the fortunes of El Salvador's justice system following the 1992 Peace Accords.
Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute at the University of Houston
The Borders, Trade, and Immigration (BTI) Institute at the University of Houston (UH) has granted the Center funds to launch a project to assess the impact of Central American child and family migration on localities across the United States.
Christopher Reynolds Foundation
The Christopher Reynolds Foundation has provided ongoing support for the Center's
Cuba Initiative, which focuses on U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations, economic reform, social welfare, and issues in health, agriculture, and the environment. The Foundation has also generously provided funds to the Center's Central American Refugee Advocacy Project (CARPA), which draws on findings from the
Central American Migration Research Initiative.
Department of State
Through CLALS' in-house investigative wing,
InSight Crime, the Department of State funded an in-depth study of emerging criminal organizations in Colombia, known by their acronym, BACRIMs.
CLALS was awarded a series of grants by the Ford Foundation to fund an ambitious program of research and dissemination devoted to
assessing the role of Central American elites. The Foundation has also awarded funds to CLALS to supply
pro bono lawyers and other advocates with the accurate, up-to-date evidence needed to effectively represent unaccompanied minors from Central America as they navigate the U.S. immigration system. Previous support from Ford includes a project on
participatory democracy in Latin America, which was carried out through a grant to the University of British Columbia's Andean Democracy Research Network.
The National Institute of Justice has awarded CLALS a $670,000 grant to carry out research aimed at assessing the transnational criminal capacity of the MS-13 gang in the U.S. and El Salvador.
National Science Foundation
CLALS has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to convene a Fall 2016
workshop to discuss how social science research can inform judicial decision-making on asylum cases involving Central American children and families.
Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations have provided support for
the AULA blog, and
research conducted by CLALS Research Fellows on corruption and the police in El Salvador. OSF also granted the Center $100,000 to undertake a one-year pilot project on monitoring the MACCIH (Misión de Apoyo Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad en Honduras) and other anti-impunity efforts in Honduras.
CLALS has entered into a cooperation agreement with Transparency International (TI) to produce, disseminate, and promote two policy briefs on security in the Northern Triangle. These policy briefs, drawing on CLALS-sponsored research carried out in recent years, will be co-branded by the Center, TI, and
InSight Crime, and will offer recommendations on reducing levels of violence, enhancing citizen security, and strengthening accountability and the rule of law.