Latin American and the Caribbean

Organized crime, drug and gang-related violence, government corruption and legacies of armed conflict contribute to pervasive violence and instability throughout Latin America and the Caribbean; over one third of global homicides occur in this region.

Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center has provided legal services to asylum seekers fleeing wars in Central and South America for decades. In 1987, the Marjorie Kovler Center began providing comprehensive medical, mental health, and social services to torture survivors from this region. Heartland Alliance International (HAI) began its first direct service projects in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2010, focusing on migrant rights and community health initiatives.

With current programming in Colombia and the Dominican Republic, HAI leverages its decades of experience to address local needs through a human rights framework. We form strong local partnerships, use evidence-based methods and perform regular evaluations to ensure our programs reach the people who need them most – and change their lives for the better.

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