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LATIN AMERICA WORKING GROUP EDUCATION FUND

Action at Home for Just Policies Abroad

aka LAWGEF   |   Washington, DC   |  www.lawg.org

Mission

LAWGEF's mission is to ensure that U.S. policies advance human rights, peace, and social, environmental, and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. To achieve this mission, LAWGEF works with coalition partners and allied organizations to educate policymakers and the public and to mobilize a broad, diverse, and powerful grassroots base that can influence U.S. policymakers to achieve change.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Ms. Lisa Haugaard

Main address

1301 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 600

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

11-3657128

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

U.S. influence over events in Latin America and the Caribbean may be waning or less direct than in the past, but U.S. foreign policy still has a substantial impact on political and economic affairs in the region, including security and drug policy, environmental approaches, and human rights. Changes in U.S. immigration policy have an outsize impact, particularly on Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Harsh immigration and refugee policies and security and counternarcotics policies that do not sufficiently take human rights into account can have a negative impact on Latin America and the Caribbean. On the other hand, U.S. policies that actively support human rights, defend human rights defenders, promote conflict resolution, combat corruption, protect the environment, and address the roots of forced migration can have a positive impact.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Defend the Rights of Migrants and Refugees

Our "Defend the Rights of Migrants and Refugees" campaign encourages approaches that address the root causes of migration and defends the rights and dignity of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons. Currently we are focusing on restoring access to asylum, upholding the rights of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees to seek international protections, and encouraging an understanding of the roots of the Central American migration and refugee crisis.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
People of Latin American descent
Activists

Our "Promote Peace" campaign supports conflict resolution, civilian-led governance and public security, inclusive and transparent governance, and humanitarian rather than military assistance, and diplomacy and dialogue as solutions to conflict. Currently this campaign includes a focus on promoting human rights, racial justice, and ending the conflict in Colombia and expanding diplomacy and dialogue between the United States and Cuba, as well as promoting violence prevention and rights-based approaches to citizen security in Central America and Mexico.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Victims and oppressed people

Our "Uphold Justice, Defend the Defenders" campaign encourages accountability and an end to impunity for human rights violations and corruption, with an emphasis on defending human rights defenders and advocating for victims’ rights. We support indigenous, Afro-descendant, LGBTI, women, and other defenders In Latin America to as they defend their rights.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Ethnic and racial groups

Our "Economic, Land, and Environmental Rights" campaign defends the rights of indigenous, Afro-descendant, and other excluded or vulnerable communities to organize for their rights, including economic, land, and environmental rights.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of African descent

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In the next five to ten years, LAWGEF aims through public education and advocacy to accomplish:

Greater respect for migrants' and refugees' human rights on the part of U.S., Mexican and northern Central American authorities;
Improved human rights and anti-corruption policies in the Northern Triangle of Central America;
Greater emphasis on humanitarian and development assistance, rather than military aid, in overall U.S. aid to the Western Hemisphere;
Greater U.S. support for the rights of human rights defenders and environmental defenders in Latin America;
Steady U.S. support for implementing peace accords and protecting human rights in Colombia.

LAWGEF accomplishes its goals using the following strategies:
Bringing Latin American human rights activists to speak to U.S. policymakers and the public;
Working jointly with Latin American civil society activists for change;
Informing policymakers, providing analysis and recommendations on key human rights topics;
Engaging U.S. citizens to take action in favor of human rights;
Mobilizing broad coalition efforts in support of our goals.

LAWGEF's principal capabilities are:
Bringing together a broad coalition
Collaborating with Latin American human rights partners
Skilled policy analysis
Long-standing relationships with policymakers
Ability to involve and engage citizens and activists throughout the United States through social networks, e-alerts and interaction

Over our history, we led collective efforts to shift U.S. policy from war to peace in Central America and are doing the same today in Colombia. We helped to set U.S. policy towards Cuba on a path towards normalization of relations and freer travel and exchange between our nations. LAWGEF helped pioneer and enforce the use of human rights conditions on military aid to Latin America. We are key players in ensuring disaster and reconstruction assistance after hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. We have encouraged a greater emphasis on humanitarian, sustainable development, and human rights assistance rather than military aid. We played a role in encouraging an end to the separation of migrant families. We remain committed to our long-term goal of ensuring U.S. policies towards Latin America and the Caribbean support peace, protect the environment, and promote human rights.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LATIN AMERICA WORKING GROUP EDUCATION FUND

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Annalise Romoser

Save the Children Action Network

Bernice Romero

Norwegian Refugee Council USACouncil

Adriana Beltran

Seattle International Foundation

Annalise Romoser

Save the Children Action Network

Joe Perez

J. Perez & Associates

Brian Finnegan

Solidarity Center

Alaide Vilchis Ibarra

Value Our Families

Shaina Aber

Acacia Center for Justice

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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