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Guest Voz: There’s a reason why I left Puerto Rico

Guest Voz: There’s a reason why I left Puerto Rico

By Enid Reyes Latina Lista This month, Pew Research released findings showing that more Puerto Ricans since the end of WWII are opting to leave the island and make their homes on the U.S. mainland. Plagued by corruption, rampant crime, and a crippled economy but blessed with beautiful scenery, a vibrant culture and a place


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


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.


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


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


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