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January

The Washington Post invited LACC Research Director Jose Miguel Cruz to respond to President Trump's focus on MS-13 in support of his administration's immigration position during his first State of the Union address on January 30. Contrary to Trump's claim that MS-13 poses extreme danger to the US, Cruz reminds us of the facts in his article "Trump is wrong about MS-13. And his rhetoric will make it worse".

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Politics & International Relations in Argentina take the lead in LACC's four-week Study Abroad program. Back by popular demand, the high paced program fosters an understanding of Latin American international relations through the experience of living and studying in one of the most vibrant cosmopolitan cities in the Americas. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, the program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the region. Save the date: June 25-July 20, 2018.

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Following the Trump Administration's cancellation of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians and, likely, Hondurans, on Jan. 8 more than 200,000 Salvadorans, many here for two decades, have also been ordered to leave the U.S. within a year. LACC Research Director and Political Science Professor Jose Miguel Cruz explains on NPR's WBUR Boston the consequences both in U.S. communities and in an unprepared El Salvador. Click on the title above to hear the interview.

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February

Thirty-five K-18 teachers from across the US met at FIU on 2/24 for the annual workshop on "Perspectives on Teaching Portuguese at Mainstream Schools Part III: Proficiency Levels and Performance Assessment." Organized by Professor Augusta Vono and Cariello of FIU's Portuguese Program, the workshop was led by Dr. Celia Bianconi, head of the Portuguese Language Program at Boston University.

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March

The news industry wrestles with the challenge of understanding and reporting on the world's changing climate and the increasing number of disasters that most attribute to that change. On March 27 and 28, LACC and CARTA's SCJ bring experts to explain the science and journalists to share the latest research and techniques for covering climate change. Register @ http://bit.ly/2Cdgh0h

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LACC is privileged to offer a total of four citizens/residents of Honduras, El Salvador or Guatemala a scholarship plus stipend to earn a MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at FIU with a focus on security in Central America. The scholarships are made possible by a grant supporting Central American Security and Drug Policy (CASAD). Click on the title above to watch a video with details.

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Former FIU Professor Emeritus and anthropologist William T. Vickers has been honored by colleagues near and far in TipitĂ­, the Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America, in a special issue titled "Remembering William T. Vickers (1942-2016)". A member of the Greene School's Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Vickers is remembered for his decades of scholarship and leadership in research on environmental anthropology, development, Andes, and Latin America.

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April

For the second year, 8 members of FIU-FAST (FIU-Florida Advanced Surgical Transport) spent 10 days providing medical and preventative treatment to over 5,000 people in Guatemala as part of U.S. Southern Command's Continuing Promise 2018. The humanitarian mission provides medical services and more to residents and children in Puerto Barrios. In addition to support from LACC, the FIU-FAST mission was backed by FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

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Analysis of the impact of corruption on governance and business in Latin America is the focus of experts at Friday's conference hosted by LACC, the Jack D. Gordon Institute, FIU's College of Business and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Keynote speaker Juan Jiménez Mayor, former leader of MACCIH, is joined by business leaders and academics Arturo Aguilar, Tim Padgett, Mitchell Seligson, Jose Miguel Cruz, Ricardo Mendes, Frank Santeiro, Edgardo Pappacena and Jerry Haar. Clic title to RSVP.

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International Monetary Fund authors of the most recent study on Caribbean economies present their findings and participate in an open discussion moderated by GSS Professor Percy Hintzen. Arnold McIntyre, Deputy Division Chief and Joyce Wong, Economist, both of the Western Hemisphere Department, IMF, analyze the obstacles facing Caribbean nations and offer policy solutions in their publication "Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean". 4/06, 11:30am at FIU MMC DM 370.

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