The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) and the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) mobilize concerned citizens, organizations, and networks to call for just U.S. policies towards Latin America and the Caribbean. We advocate in the halls of power for human rights, peace, and social, economic, and environmental justice. We work closely with civil society partners in Latin America to amplify their human rights campaigns and make sure their voices are heard in the policy debates that take place in Washington, DC but shape the lives of millions throughout the region.
Promote peace, civilian-led governance and public security, inclusive and transparent governance, humanitarian rather than military assistance, and diplomacy and dialogue as solutions to conflict.
Encourage approaches that address the root causes of migration and defend the rights and dignity of migrants, refugees, and internally displaced persons.
Encourage 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.
Defend the rights of indigenous, Afro-descendant, and other excluded or vulnerable communities to organize for their rights, including economic, land, and environmental rights.
“The Latin America Working Group plays an essential role in helping Lutherans live out their faithful call for justice and peace. As the ELCA accompanies communities in Latin America through education and advocacy, LAWG has been essential in helping us be strategic while honoring the expertise of people most affected by unjust policies. We are thankful for their leadership and unwavering call for justice!”
“The Latin America Working Group is an excellent resource for policymakers. They educate Congress and successfully advocate for better policies towards Latin America. They bring the voices of marginalized people to the halls of Congress and provide timely and thoughtful recommendations that dramatically improve the quality of policy debate in Washington.”
“The Latin America Working Group lives up to its commitment to be a proactive U.S. citizenry convening diverse perspectives to build progressive exchange and cooperation with fellow citizens in Latin America and the Caribbean. LAWG informs international policies that promote democracy, justice, equality, and peace rooted in respect for the plural self-determined cultural identities that comprise our American hemisphere.”
“In my two decades of advocacy work in favor of freedom to travel to Cuba for all Americans and in favor of an end to the Cuba embargo I could not find a more reliable and knowledgeable partner than the Latin America Working Group. Without their knowledge of Congress and expert logistics in preparing our visits we would have never been able to navigate the complexities involved in our advocacy work.”
“The Latin America Working Group for the last two decades has accompanied our struggles for human rights, justice, and peace in our country, hand-in-hand with social movements, human rights defenders, and peace builders, opening doors for us for dialogue and advocacy with U.S. civil society and the U.S. government in Washington, DC.”