Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, at Florida International University

RESEARCH

Conducting and supporting scholarly research are among the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center’s core missions. Affiliated centers, faculty and Ph.D. and M.A. students at FIU all contribute original research in politics, economics, religion, education, history, international relations and culture. Historically, LACC has competed successfully for state and federal research funding and has received major support from organizations such as the Ford and Mellon foundations. Major LACC projects and proposals have addressed such topics as development prospects in Central America and southern Mexico, immigration and diaspora communities, and the success of alternative development plans in drug-producing regions. LACC has received significant funding for projects designed to increase the quality of education on Latin America and the Caribbean and to introduce curriculum reform. Through its Institute for International Professional Services, LACC also has led and commissioned studies of Florida’s services economy and its links to the region.

LACC and its affiliated centers and institutes support faculty and student field research, administer faculty research grants, and host visiting researchers. LACC depends upon its associated faculty for research expertise and to assume the responsibilities of research project principal investigators. LACC’s grant writing gives priority to proposals that provide maximum opportunities for research participation by graduate students. Research collaboration with LACC’s many university and overseas partners is a high priority.

Cutting Edge Research Projects

The New Face of Street Gangs in Central America

LACC, in partnership with the Jack Gordon Institute and Fundacion Nacional para el Desarrollo (FUNDE), was awarded an INL- U.S. Department of State research grant to study gang desistance in El Salvador. This research project is based on a survey with a convenience sample of 1,196 respondents with a record of gang membership and 32 in-depth interviews. It reveals that desistance from the gang is possible in El Salvador and that, although the decision to leave the group is seemingly an individual choice, it also depends on the gang organization’s acquiescence. The study also shows that progression toward gang desistance has to be constantly negotiated with the overwhelming power of the gang structures in the country. Find the English version of the report here and the Spanish version here. +More Info

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