LASA expresses concern about threats against scholars working in Latin America

January 29, 2019

The Executive Council of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is concerned that many academics working in Latin America, because of the nature of their research, have increasingly faced instances of harassment and other forms of aggression, intimidation, and threats to their safety and well-being. In the vast majority of cases, scholars subjected to intimidation and attacks do not receive adequate protection from state institutions and relevant authorities in the countries where these threats unfold.

Furthermore, in some occasions, academic institutions also fail to provide the necessary support needed. The protection and preservation of human rights were foundational in the creation of LASA in 1966 and have remained a guiding value in our members’ scholarship and activism. Human rights are at stake in the current wave of attacks and threats against scholars working in and on Latin America.

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About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

If you wish to interview a LASA Executive Council member, you can contact the LASA communications office at (412) 648-7929 or send an email to