Joan Caivano

United States  |  Deputy to the President & Director, Special Projects

+1-202-463-2563 ˙ jcaivano@thedialogue.org

Joan Caivano is deputy to the president and the director of special projects at the Inter-American Dialogue. As such, she manages a range of institutional responsibilities, including the Dialogue’s Sol M. Linowitz Forum, its publications program, outreach to the press, and membership issues. She also directs the Dialogue’s project on press freedom issues and its work on women’s leadership in the Americas. Caivano worked previously at the Overseas Development Council and the Brookings Institution, and managed several small business enterprises. She has been a frequent guest lecturer on issues of concern to women in Latin America at the Foreign Service Institute. Caivano holds a MA degree in Latin American studies from Georgetown University, where she also completed her undergraduate studies.


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The global gag rule: Women’s health at risk in Latin America?

Just three days into his presidency, on January 23, 2017, Donald Trump reinstated the so-called Global Gag Rule. The executive order, also known as the Mexico City Policy, prohibits all U.S. federal money from funding international organizations that provide information about or support abortion rights.

In Memoriam: Thomas J. Mackell

The Inter-American Dialogue mourns the loss of Board member Dr. Thomas J. Mackell Jr., who passed away on October 9, 2016 after a battle with cancer. Mackell joined the Dialogue as a member in 2006 and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2008.


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There has been nothing but progress [in Latin America] since the ’80s in terms of women’s representation in congress, as administers and as presidents. I just wish we could catch up to Latin America.
Si bien la victoria [de Hillary Clinton] rompería estereotipos y permitiría que las niñas imaginen llegar al cargo más alto del país, al mismo tiempo, será juzgada más severamente por cada error. No va a tener 'luna de miel'.