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Migration Narratives in Northern Central America: How Competing Stories Shape Policy and Public Opinion in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

June 7, 2023

The stories told within a society about migration and migrants paint a rich picture of how its members view the opportunities and challenges associated with the movement of people, and through what lenses. These migration narratives both inform policymaking and shape the public's reaction to government policy, affecting the policies' chances of achieving their goals.While El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are primarily known for emigration to the United States and Mexico, these northern Central American countries have seen notable changes in migration trends in recent years. The number of migrants from South America and the Caribbean who transit through these countries on their way north has increased, as has the number of Central Americans returning to their countries of origin.

A cry for justice: 5 Years of Oppression and Resistance in Nicaragua

April 18, 2023

Nicaragua has been in a social, political, and human rights crisis since at least April 2018, when the government responded with violence and unjust criminalization to mass protests against a proposal for social security reform. Since then, civic space has been systematically eroded by the government, which has persecuted those perceived as dissidents or opponents. This document presents an account of the main milestones and repressive processes witnessed in the country in the last five years which have culminated in a bleak scene of massive and systematic human rights violations that were continuing at the date that research for this report concluded, 13 April 2023.

Spotlight on Local and Refugee-Led Efforts to Address Key Protection Needs: Lessons Learned in Three Key Regions

March 13, 2023

In 2022, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) undertook a geographic rapid assessment project to better understand the unmet legal needs and protection gaps faced by displaced people in three regions of the world: Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South and Southeast Asia.This report synthesizes insights and recommendations gathered from interviews with refugee-led initiatives (RLI) and local organizations serving populations facing acute systemic legal rights violations, shares key trends impacting displaced populations in the three regions, and identifies opportunities for more productive and inclusive philanthropic engagement and international cooperation with historically excluded RLIs.

Lakou Kajou’s audio distance learning program using voice bot technology on the Viamo platform: Results of a Pilot Study

November 9, 2022

This pilot study investigated the usability and educational effectiveness of delivering Lakou Kajou's Eksploratoryòm audio science program in Haiti via Viamo's interactive voice response (IVR) platform. The research showed that the platform holds great promise for providing an effective way to distribute the Eksploratoryòm's distance learning content to young learners in Haiti, including those in difficult to reach, under-resourced parts of the country.

Reglas e incentivos: mapeo del marco legal para las organizaciones sin fines de lucro y la filantropía en América Latina y el Caribe

April 19, 2022

 Durante los últimos dos años, WINGS, el Centro de Filantropía e Inversiones Sociales de la Escuela de Gobierno de la Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (CEFIS UAI) y the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy of Indiana University, hemos trabajado en forma mancomunada para hacer posible una lectura amplia sobre los asuntos claves de la regulación del ciclo de vida de las entidades sin fines de lucro y de las normas para donaciones a asuntos de interés público. En el presente estudio se mapearon y analizaron los marcos legales y fiscales de 19 países que fijan las reglas para que la filantropía y las organizaciones sin fines de lucro puedan operar en América Latina y el Caribe.

Rules and Incentives: Mapping the Legal Framework for Non-profit Organisations and Philanthropy in Latin America and the Caribbean

April 19, 2022

For the past two years, WINGS, the Centro de Filantropía e Inversiones Sociales de la Escuela de Gobierno de la Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (CEFIS UAI) and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy of Indiana University, have worked together to develop a comparative study on the legal frameworks in Latin America and the Caribbean that regulate donations and the life cycle of non-profit organisations.  In this report, you will find detailed information from 19 countries that reveals what regulations hinder and which ones help philanthropy in the region.

Defending Latin American Human Rights and Democracy Activists

January 26, 2022

This assessment builds on existing bodies of literature, interviews with key informants and stakeholders, two case studies, and Freedom House experiences to better understand the nature of the defense and protection of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and pro-democracy Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Latin America.The study undertakes an institutional and organizational landscape analysis to: determine which entities, organizations and individuals are involved in the protection and defense of HRDs and CSOs (with a particular focus on relocation); identify strategies and approaches to support the defense and protection of HRDs and CSOs within their countries and in exile; analyze the gaps and challenges of existing approaches; and develop recommendations to strengthen the protection and defense of HRDs in Latin America.Given time and resource limitations, the assessment was relatively narrow in its scope. As such, it is not intended to be an impact or capacity assessment; much less, an evaluation of specific programs and/or initiatives. Rather, it describes HRD protection systems in Latin America, highlights opportunities for future HRD activities and major areas that merit further regional and national attention, and HRD protection systems in Latin America. The assessment also highlights opportunities and offers strategic recommendations.

Forgotten by Funders

December 1, 2021

This report highlights the underfunding of work with and for imprisoned and formerly imprisoned women and girls,  alongside a worrying increase in the global female prison population. The report draws from the survey responses of 34 organisations, most of which are based in the Global South and have women with lived experience of the justice system involved with or leading their work. Calling to donors that fund human rights, women's rights and/or access to justice, the report concludes that this heavily gendered area of human rights tends to fall through the cracks of donor strategies, including recent Gender Equality Forum pledges. 

Biden Administration’s Dangerous Haitian Expulsion Strategy Escalates the U.S. History of Illegal and Discriminatory Mistreatment of Haitians Seeking Safety in the United States

September 21, 2021

This fact sheet from Human Rights First and Haitian Bridge Alliance (the Bridge) examines the response of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Biden Administration toward the predominantly Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers who crossed into the United States near Del Rio, Texas in August/September 2021. It also compares the current situation to the approach the United States has historically adopted toward Haitian immigrants and asylum seekers.

The Invisible Wall: Title 42 and its Impact on Haitian Migrants

March 25, 2021

The Haitian Bridge Alliance, the Quixote Center and UndocuBlack have written this Report to offer the voices and hardships of Haitian migrants, mostly families, who have been expelled under the Title 42 policy. The Report provides the narratives of seven Haitian families who were apprehended at the U.S. Mexico border within the last year and were subject to expulsion to Haiti or Mexico under the Title 42 policy. Two additional narratives are included of Haitians who entered the United States before March 2020, but who were recently removed. This Report shows how Haitian migrants flee violence, instability and persecution in Haiti, travel a long and treacherous journey to the U.S.-Mexico border seeking safety and security in the United States, only to be abused by ICE and CBP officers and - under the Title 42 policy - summarily expelled back to the country they fled without even access to a lawyer or the opportunity to seek asylum or other protection.The authors offer nine recommendations, first and foremost, that the Title 42 policy be revoked immediately. Other recommendations include that ICE and CBP follow public health experts' advice by adopting a wide range of safety measures to mitigate public health risks to border agents. Lastly, the authors recommend that asylum processing be resumed while releasing migrants to shelter in place with their loved ones in the United States rather than detaining them.

The Impact of Lakou Kajou on Educational Outcomes Among Haitian Children

February 1, 2021

Lakou Kajou is an educational media program produced in Port-au-Prince,Haiti. Targeted to pre-primary and early primary grade learners, the series presents core academic objectives (including literacy, numeracy and science), along with messages related to socio-emotional and physical wellbeing and transversal messages of gender equity, inclusion and cultural pride. Each of the series 15 episodes focuses on a different educational theme

La Révolution haïtienne de 1804, entre Marxisme et Décolonialité

January 2, 2021

Cet article discute en marge de l'ouvrage de Jean Casimir, Une lecture décoloniale de l'histoire des Haïtiens, les conditions d'une analyse marxiste de la Révolution haïtienne de 1804. Il interroge le « rejet » par les études décoloniales des pensées marxistes pour repenser cet événement radical. Nous postulons une « rencontre épistémique » entre les marxismes et les études décoloniales afin de cerner les enjeux capital-travail de cette Révolution et aussi ses antécédents coloniaux déployés comme la face cachée de la Modernité. Nous tenons à expliquer l'absence de références marxistes, notamment des Jacobins Noirs de CLR James, dans l'excellent ouvrage de Casimir qui propose d'inverser les méthodes d'intelligibilité de cette Révolution. Que pourrait rapporter à Casimir les travaux de CLR James, d'Etienne Charlier et de Michel Hector dans son étude novatrice sur la Révolution haïtienne de 1804?