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US policy in the Region

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In partnership with the faith community and other sister organizations such as the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Latin American Working Group (LAWG), CWS raises its voice through letters and visits to the US Government and Congress calling for policies that respond to the needs of poor and marginalized people and promote peace and justice. The current advocacy priorities in Latin America and Caribbean are:


Normalization with Cuba and end the embargo

CWS considers the decades-long U.S. embargo a failed and unjust policy that harms the Cuban people and restricts US civil liberties. Read the April 27, 2015 letter of U.S. Religious Leaders to members of Congress that CWS helped to organize.

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Peace process in Colombia

CWS advocacy on Colombia has focused on calling on the Obama Administration to support the peace process. Read the latest letter of U.S. Religious Leaders to President Obama and Members of U.S. Congress.

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Immigrants’ Rights

CWS is deeply committed to the rights of immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and other forcibly displaced persons. CWS advocates the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch for policies to reunite separated families, help displaced persons abroad, resettle and integrate refugees, and ensure that the rights of immigrants are respected. We also work with our local offices in the U.S, affiliates and partners to build grassroots movements in support of the rights of immigrants and refugees at local, state and national levels. Read the CWS May 27th statement in support of President Obama´s decision in favor of immigrant families that is being challenged in court.

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United States-Haiti policy

CCWS is an active member of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG), a working group of international development, faith-based, human rights and social justice organizations advocating on issues related to United States-Haiti policy.

Check the most recent updates on HAWG´s work here.



Peace and Justice in the region


Statelessness in Dominican Republic

CWS denounces statelessness of persons of Haitian descent, particularly people born in Dominican Republic who have Haitian parents and for this reason are denied Dominican citizenship and legal documents.


Children with incarcerated parents

CWS is a founding member of Plataforma NNAPES, the regional coalition of civil society organizations that advocates on behalf of the invisible two million children with incarcerated parents in Latin America and the Caribbean and for the development of effective responses to address the variety of issues that threaten their safety, health, and well-being.


South America Gran Chaco region

As the only U.S. ecumenical development and solidarity non-governmental organization active in the South American Chaco, CWS helps build the capacity and strengthen local, national and cross-border efforts in favour of peace, justice and human rights. Current priorities include: protection of human rights defenders from threats and harassment, promotion of gender equality and an end to all forms of violence against indigenous peoples.