Register Today for CCAA’s 39th Annual Conference:
“Cuba, the Caribbean and Central America: A New Era in Regional Integration “

August 10, 2015

Dear Colleague:

This is the last week to benefit from CCAA’s early bird registration rate of $500 for the 39th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America, taking place from November 15-17, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. The rate will not be extended past this Friday, August 14. Please click here to register today or return a completed registration form to CCAA via email at

This Conference will be an opportunity to hear from, and dialogue with, some of the leading voices on the changing relationship between the United States and Cuba from the unique perspective of the implications for Central America and the Caribbean. We anticipate a “not to be missed”, informative two days and we look forward to having you with us.

For other questions on CCAA39, including registrations or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gwendolyn Siegel, CCAA Deputy Executive Director, at or (202) 464-2031.


General Information:

It has been brought to our attention that there is a new scam wherein speakers or companies whose names appear on Conference programs are being contacted by someone claiming to be the “conference organizer” or the “housing coordinator” for that event, and stating that the host hotel is filling up and then encouraging them to make reservations immediately through a link that will be emailed to them. If you are speaking at an event and you receive a call of this type, there is some likelihood that this is a scam and you should disregard the callers. Our presumption is that individual(s) are trolling conference and event websites for upcoming conferences, pulling names off the agenda, and then cross-referencing those names with publicly available contact information.

While the 39th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America has not been a target of this scam, we are aware that a number of events have been targeted in this way, and indeed, I was recently contacted in this manner and have since learned of other instances. Based on my own experience on the call (during which the pitch was made with such conviction I almost forgot that I knew they were lying), we wanted to remind you that people can be very creative when it comes to trying to scam people. So if you do receive a call like this, as the old adage goes: “Trust but verify”. Or in this case, just verify.


I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate to our conference speakers and participants that CCAA does not publish or share contact information.

Furthermore, CCAA is not using any 3rd Party entity for hotel reservations. Reservations should only be made through the reservations portal on the CCAA website or directly with the host hotel. In fact, if someone calls you from a toll-free number saying that they work at or for CCAA, you can be sure that they absolutely do not – we do not have a toll-free number.

If you do receive a call from someone claiming to work for CCAA and you have any suspicions about whether it is a valid call, feel free to hang up and email me directly at or call us at (202) 464-2031. Even if it was us, we will gladly get back to you to confirm it. After all, we value your collaboration and participation with CCAA, and we take the necessary measures to protect your privacy.

We hope to see you in Miami this November.

Sally Yearwood
Executive Director