Criterion for Adding a New Program Area to CRLN Work

CRLN works at the intersection of U.S. foreign policy, denominational public policy statements, and the call of human rights and religious communities in Latin America struggling with the hemisphere’s poor majorities seeking economic and social justice.

CRLN staff in consultation with the Coordinating Council, has added programming areas when:

  • U.S. policy is actively harmful to a particular country or group of countries;
  • Human rights and religious leaders in Latin America have challenged these harmful policies and called upon their counterparts in North America as well as U.S. government leaders to change them;
  • Religious denominations have made written statements challenging such unjust policies, especially when ecumenical consensus among various religious denominations has emerged.
  • A strong national policy organization exists taking leadership on the issue to resource CRLN;
  • A local issue specific solidarity group exists in Chicago to resource and partner with CRLN;
  • The Coordinating Council is largely committed to help develop the program area.
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