About Us

What is NACLA?

The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1966 that works toward a world in which the nations and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean are free from oppression and injustice, and enjoy a relationship with the United States based on mutual respect, free from economic and political subordination. To that end, our mission is to provide information and analysis on the region, and on its complex and changing relationship with the United States, as tools for education and advocacy - to foster knowledge beyond borders.

We believe that knowledge is essential for change, so we use a unique combination of information/media activism and popular education to provide people the tools they need to understand the world in order to change it. We’ve been doing just that for more than four decades: from the U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic in 1965 to the U.S.-backed coup in Chile in 1973; from Washington’s support for brutal repression in Central America in the 1980s to the Washington Consensus on neoliberal austerity in the 1990s; NACLA has been, for the last 50 years, the premiere source of information—providing English-language news and analysis not found anywhere else—for journalists, policymakers, activists, students and scholars in North America and throughout the world. For more on our history, click here.

As we enter our fifth decade, we will accomplish our mission with the following activities:

  • publishing our award-winning quarterly magazine, NACLA Report on the Americas;
  • hosting an Internet resource center with news and information from Latin America;
  • overseeing a grant program for young investigative journalists;
  • regularly producing radio content on Latin American affairs and U.S. policy;
  • and actively participating in the Latin America solidarity and media justice movements.