J. Michael Turner

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J. Michael Turner "is the Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, Co-founder of the Global Afro Latino and Caribbean Initiative (GALCI), and Professor of History at Hunter College, City University of New York. Based in part upon his work for the Brazil Office of the Ford Foundation in the 1980s, Professor Turner's interest in social justice for African-descendants in Brazil has expanded to developing advocacy programs in conjunction with the Franklin H. Williams African Diaspora Institute and Caribbean Cultural Center for Afro Latino NGOs in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Panama, Venezuela, Honduras, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Barbados, and the Dominican Republic, among other countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. Initially designed to support the work of Afro Latino NGOs attending the United Nations World Conference on Racism, Xenophobia and Other Forms of Social Intolerance (Durban UN Conference, 2001), GALCI also collaborated with its members to provide better and more regular access to such multi-lateral funding institutions as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Inter-American Foundation, and private donors such as the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations."