I care about US-Latin American relations. A lot. Important relationships with our neighbors should not be held hostage to late night Twitter rants threatening to overturn good policy changes toward Cuba or to deport people from their communities after they escaped situations of poverty and violence; our neighbor’s societies should not suffer due to campaign rhetoric of building walls and or blowing apart economic and social relationships.
I also care about human rights in Latin America, the rights of migrants, and challenges to security in Latin America. The United States is often deeply implicated in these problems, and we should be a part of trying to improve them. I believe that solid research and dedicated, informed advocacy can make a difference on these issues. The Washington Office on Latin America has been doing this with great integrity for decades.
Because of that, I support WOLA. From here on out, any royalties from my first book, Latin America Confronts the United States, will go to WOLA. Those of you in academia know that’s probably not going to be a lot, but I feel it’s fitting that my research supports this cause in a small way.