Latin America Working Group (LAWG)
Who They Are
The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) and its sister organization, 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. They educate the public about the impact of U.S. foreign and immigration policy and advocate before the U.S. Congress and the executive branch. They work closely with civil society partners in Latin America to support their human rights campaigns and make sure their voices are heard in the policy debates that take place in Washington, D.C. but shape the lives of millions throughout the region.
How They Work
The Latin America Working Group (LAWG), a 501 (c) 4 nonprofit, conducts advocacy with the U.S. Congress and executive branch as well as grassroots mobilization and education. They amplify activists’ voices in the halls of power in Washington, D.C. and offer tools for activists to expand their ability to influence U.S. foreign and immigration policy. The Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF), a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, organizes public events, coordinates visits by Latin American civil society leaders, conducts fact-finding missions, and publishes research reports and memos on Latin American issues and related U.S. policy.
They envision a relationship between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean based on mutual respect, justice, and a shared commitment to the human rights of all the peoples of the Americas; that values peace, not war, and humanitarian assistance, not military might; that defends the rights of migrants and refugees; and that protects the health of their planet.
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, they work 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.