Organizations

There are many organizations that work in or on issues related to Latin American, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, many of which regularly publish informative reports regarding either their work or important developments in the field. Below is a partial list of such organizations.


Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Americas Society (AS) is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas. Its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social, and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship. 

Council of the Americas (COA) is the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment  to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Council’s membership consists of leading international companies representing a broad spectrum of sectors, including banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation.

For more information on the organization, visit the website of the Americas Society.


Center for World Indigenous Studies

The Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) is an independent, non-profit  research and education organization dedicated to wider understanding and appreciation of the ideas and knowledge of indigenous peoples and the social, economic and political realities of indigenous nations. The Center fosters better understanding between peoples through the publication and distribution of literature written and voiced by leading contributors from Fourth World Nations. An important goal of CWIS is to establish cooperation between nations and to democratize international relations between nations and between nations and states. Concerned with the advancement of ideas for solving social, economic and political problems in the Fourth World, the Center for World Indigenous Studies links voluntary contributors world-wide and conducts original research, education, conflict resolution symposia and conferences benefiting constructive relations between nations, and nations and states.

For more information on the organization, visit the CWIS website.


Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the main source of multilateral financing and expertise for sustainable economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB supports efforts by Latin American and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality while aiming to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. Established in 1959, the IDB maintains a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency, and accountability. While acting as a regular bank in many ways, the IDB is also unique in some key respects. Besides loans, the IDB provides grants, technical assistance, and conducts academic research.

For more information on the organization, visit the IDB website.


Inter-American Dialogue

The Inter-American Dialogue is the leading U.S. center for policy analysis, exchange, and communication on issues in Western Hemisphere affairs. The Dialogue brings together public and private leaders from across the Americas to address hemispheric problems and opportunities. Together they seek to build cooperation among Western Hemisphere nations and advance a regional agenda of democratic governance, social equity, and economic growth. Since 1982, through successive Republican and Democratic administrations and many changes of leadership elsewhere in the hemisphere, the Dialogue has helped shape the agenda of issues and choices in inter-American relations.

For more information on the organization, visit the Dialogue’s website.


Latin American Studies Association

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 6,000 members, forty-five percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one Association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe.

For more information on the organization, visit the LASA website.


Latin American Working Group

The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) is one of the nation’s longest standing coalitions dedicated to foreign policy. The Latin America Working Group and its sister organization, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, carry out the coalition’s mission to encourage U.S. policies towards Latin America that promote human rights, justice, peace and sustainable development. LAWG promotes the interests of over 60 major religious, humanitarian, grassroots and policy organizations to decision makers in Washington. We are a trusted voice in Congress, and provide guidance to policymakers who want their decisions to be grounded in human rights.

For more information on the organization, visit the LAWG website.


Pew Hispanic Research Center

Founded in 2001, the Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the nation. The Center does not take positions on policy issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan “fact tank” in Washington, DC that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a public charity based in Philadelphia. The Pew Hispanic Center conducts and commissions studies on a wide range of topics with the aim of presenting research that at once meets the most rigorous scientific standards and is accessible to the interested public. The Center also regularly conducts public opinion surveys that aim to illuminate Latino views on a range of social matters and public policy issues.

For more information on the organization, visit the Pew Hispanic Center website.


Washington Office on Latin America

The Washington Office on Latin American (WOLA) promotes human rights, democracy, and social justice by working with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to shape policies in the United States and abroad. By analyzing regional events, trends and challenges, WOLA acts quickly to ensure that a broad range of voices are heard. WOLA shapes public debate and raises new issues through outreach to traditional and new media; sponsorship of public events with scholars, officials and grassroots activists; and original research, analysis and commentary by a staff with decades of cumulative experience in Latin America and the Caribbean. WOLA also  serves as a key resource for civil society organizations in Latin America and the Caribbeanworking with colleagues in the region on coalition-building, networking, research, advocacy and participation in policy debates.

For more information on the organization, visit the WOLA website.


Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Center is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a lively, neutral forum for free and informed dialogue. Several of its programs are dedicated particularly to the study of Latin America and the Carribean.

The Latin American Program serves as a bridge between the United States and Latin America, providing a nonpartisan forum for experts from throughout the region and the world to discuss the most critical issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program sponsors research, conferences, and publications aimed at deepening the understanding of Latin American and Caribbean politics, history, economics, culture, and U.S.-Latin American relations. By bringing pressing regional concerns to the attention of opinion leaders and policymakers, the Program contributes to more informed policy choices in Washington, D.C., and throughout the Hemisphere.

Argentina at The Wilson Center seeks to provide Argentina with a systematic and coherent presence in Washington as well as to foster discussion about Argentina among multilateral institutions, Argentine and U.S policymakers, politicians, academics, and media. Moreover, it intends to establish the mechanisms for profound political and academic debate, between the widest diversity of participants, on Argentina’s current crisis, its policy implications and possible solutions.

The Brazil Institute seeks to foster dialogue on key issues of bilateral concern between Brazil and the United States, advance Washington’s understanding of contemporary Brazilian developments, and promote detailed analysis of Brazil’s public policy.

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship.

For more information on the organization, visit the Woodrow Wilson Center website.