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Drought further devastates impoverished Guatemalan farmers

Drought further devastates impoverished Guatemalan farmers

By Anna-Claire Bevan LatinaLista Rain is gradually returning to Guatemala after more than a month-long drought in the middle of rainy season brought tragedy to some of the poorest regions of the country. But many agricultural workers say it’s too late to save their harvests. “We usually cultivate maize and beans but this year we’ve

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Aid Scarce for Immigrant Children in South Texas

By Jacob Fiscler Juvenile Justice Information Exchange MISSION, Texas — A group of Honduran immigrants who had crossed into the United States illegally frantically waved down a deputy constable’s Chevy Tahoe as it approached them on a dirt road a couple hundred yards from the Rio Grande about 10 p.m. one Wednesday in early August.

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El Salvador Community Police Force: A Sign of What Is to Come?

By Camilo Mejia Giraldo InSight Crime El Salvador’s president has launched a community police force in capital San Salvador, a move that is in line with regional calls for alternative citizen security measures that could be an indication of the new government’s still vague security strategy. President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, National Police Chief Mauricio Ramirez

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Rutgers University Awards Scholarship to Undocumented Student Activist

By Katherine Leal Unmuth Latino Ed Beat New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the “Dream Act” last year allowing some undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to pay in-state tuition at New Jersey’s public universities. But some activists were upset that Christie had first vetoed a portion that would have allowed undocumented

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Guest Voz: 25-year anniversary of the first Law against Domestic Violence in the Americas

By Ada Alvarez LatinaLista On August 15, 1989, Puerto Rico became the first country in Latin America to sign a law that condemned domestic violence. “This is the time to celebrate the women that were in that fight recognizing there is a lot to do”, said Velda Gonzalez, ex-Senator who wrote the bill now known

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Panama Canal celebrates 100 years of connecting the world

LatinaLista — One of the earliest examples of how technological innovation could connect the world was on August 15, 1914. It’s the date when one of the most impressive displays of modern-day engineering was opened — the Panama Canal. For the first time in global history, time could be saved with shipments traveling by sea

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