Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative

Addressing Central America and Mexico’s migration and security issues


Between the Law and Their Land: Afro-Brazilian Quilombo Communities’ Struggle for Land Rights

19 Sep 2011

The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and the Strauss Center sponsored a human rights delegation to Brazil to examine the present situation of Brazil’s quilombo communities and their struggle for land rights.

Unfulfilled Promises and Persistent Obstacles to the Realization of the Rights of Afro-Colombians

19 Sep 2011

The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, along with the Strauss Center, sponsored a fact-finding mission to Colombia to study Afro-Colombian human rights issues.  The mission produced a special report as well as a memorandum for Congress.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Participates in President’s Detainee Policy Task Force

25 Aug 2009

This summer, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Law School Professor Robert M. Chesney was on the front lines of the national debate on the detention and trial of terrorism suspects. Just after teaching his last class of the spring semester, Chesney traveled to Washington, DC, where he spent the next several months with the President’s…

Students Return from Colombia Fact-Finding Trip on Afrodescendant Rights

22 Apr 2007

In 1993, Colombia passed some of the most progressive legislation in the world for guaranteeing the collective property rights of an Afrodescendant minority population. The rights that were promised, however, are far from realized, as years of armed conflict, the expansion of agriculture and tourist projects, and narco-trafficking have all impeded the realization of the…