• Cuba: The “Cuban Dream” includes squatter’s rights

    By Sandra Vigil Fonseca   HAVANA -- I arrive at my flat. There is my mom, who is old, and then here is July, her niece. She has 3 kids and is pregnant again. I leave my keys, which I don't want to lose, in a small pot. I need water. It's...

  • Revelation of guard’s sexual assault against immigrant detainee shows nothing much has changed under DHS Sec. Napolitano

    LatinaLista -- With the nation's attention turned towards one aspect of the immigration problem -- state legislation like AZ SB 1070 -- it's easy to be distracted from some of the other issues that are impacting undocumented immigrants as a result of our immigration procedures. One of those is the treatment of...

  • El Paso photographer creates visual campaign to combat hate

    LatinaLista -- How do you get young people to care about the national debate on immigration? You take their picture and let them post it on Facebook! That was the thought behind El Paso photographer David Quintanilla's idea when he was approached by an El Paso advocacy organization called Boycott Arizona to...

  • Women convene in Puerto Vallarta to discuss international gender justice issues

    LatinaLista -- Even the volcanic ash that is wreaking havoc across half the globe can't shut down an international dialogue that is increasingly important in today's world -- gender justice. Originally scheduled to start today, the International Gender Justice Dialogue begins Tuesday, April 20 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The conference will bring...

  • Dump Day campaign raises money to feed people who live at Honduras dump

    LatinaLista -- It wasn't that long ago that Honduras dominated world headlines due to the country's political turmoil, and remains in the spotlight because of the increase in violence and murders of journalists. Yet there is another story in Honduras that, unfortunately, has never attracted the kind of global outcry as has...

  • Study finds 5 million children of undocumented immigrants put at-risk of entering child welfare system

    LatinaLista -- One of the major arguments for the immediate necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) is the fact that current policy is separating families. U.S.-born children are left behind when an undocumented parent(s) is/are captured and deported. Now, a new report, the first of a series of papers entitled Caught...

  • Special Report reveals ICE’s gross treatment of immigrants suffering from mental disabilities

    LatinaLista -- Texas Appleseed, a public interest law center working for greater educational, economic and social justice through research, advocacy and pro bono partnerships recently released a study based on a year-long review of the immigration court and detention system in Texas. It follows the national Appleseed study, Assembly Line Injustice: Blueprint...

  • While nation obsesses over “eating healthy,” little thought spared for farmworkers’ hardships

    LatinaLista -- Eating healthy is all the rage these days in light of the exploding rates of obesity occurring across the nation. As anyone knows, eating healthy doesn't just mean throwing less salt on our mashed potatoes or ripping open one less packet of sugar or even choosing foods whose labels tout...

  • Too many global communities still lack access to clean water or basic sanitation

    LatinaLista -- It's being reported by relief workers in Haiti that the lack of clean water and proper sewage could prove to be even more devastating than the initial earthquake. The lack of both of these essentials could cause widespread disease that could kill hundreds. Unfortunately, Haiti isn't the only place on...

  • Haiti: A Promise Made, a Promise Kept

    By Crystal Wells If I remember but one face of Haiti, it will be that of four year-old Ornesto, with his big eyes and a nose that crinkles when he laughs. He is small and delicate, with a frame more like a child half his age, and a warm, rambunctious personality. Beyond...

  • Prayer campaign for Juarez, Mexico winds down as violence heats up

    LatinaLista -- A day hasn't gone by lately when Juarez, Mexico isn't in the news. The latest sad tale to come from Mexico's most violent city, and the most violent city in the world outside a war zone, is the senseless ambush of U.S. Consulate employees who were in separate cars with...

  • Latina Lista launches “Haiti Reports” to honor ongoing Haitian relief efforts

    LatinaLista When the world first learned about the devastating earthquake in Haiti last month, the news reports of the destruction, suffering and loss of life couldn't come quickly or often enough. For a couple of weeks, people were glued to their television sets or clicking through photos online of what was happening...

  • Leaders call attention to untold stories of human trafficking victims

    By MELANIE KISER Cronkite News Service PHOENIX -- Perhaps law enforcement's biggest roadblock in combating human trafficking in Arizona and elsewhere is a conspicuous absence of victims, a group of officials and advocates said Monday. Intimidation, coercion and manipulation keep those forced into labor or prostitution, half of them children or teenagers,...

  • Chile preserves its tortured past in new museum dedicated to country’s victims of human rights abuses

    By Pamela Morales LatinaLista SANTIAGO, CHILE -- Some 20 people stood silently in a small, black-walled room staring at a dozen television monitors playing testimonials from torture victims. One woman remembering bleeding from her nose, ears, mouth, vagina and thinking she would die. Another recalling she, her mother and sister were all...

  • Online petition sends message to Giumarra Vineyards that sexual harassment and retaliatory practices against farm workers is unacceptable

    LatinaLista — There's no industry in this country probably more dependent on immigrant labor than the agricultural industry. Latinos, both legal and undocumented, make up the bulk of workers who pick this nation's fruits and vegetables. It's the one industry where not much in technological advances has been made regarding the picking...

  • Spotlight: Unaccompanied immigrant children find a KIND hand to help them in court

    LatinaLista — The United States doesn't just attract the illegal entry of adults looking for work. This country is also a beacon to more than 8,000 children every year, from as young as toddlers to teens, who illegally enter the country without their parents. Too often, the reason why most of these...

  • Deported military veterans plead to be classified as “non-citizen nationals”

    LatinaLista — The plea appearing on the Latina Lista Facebook page this week was simple: Will you PLEASE help us bring to light and expose this unjust and unfair treatment of U.S.Military Veterans.THANK YOU. The person who posted it was Hector Lopez, a U.S. military veteran. Lopez left a link along with...

  • Argentina: Families challenge government corruption in seeking justice for children killed in horrific concert fire

    By Cecilia Mansilla   Five years ago on December 30, 2004, the most cruel, unimaginable tragedy to hit Argentina happened when during a rock concert 194 people died. The case is still on trial. ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires is a rock music capital. People here love the music. Rock and Roll shows are...

  • Guest Voz: Wrongfully convicted juvenile offender still waits, after 19 years, to be pardoned by Michigan Governor

    LatinaLista — Nationwide, there are more than 2,200 juveniles serving sentences of life without parole. That figure includes dozens of children as young as 13 years old. Four years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision that executing anyone for a crime committed when he or she was younger than 18...

  • U.S. justice will decide if Arizona humanitarian worker is a criminal for saving lives

    LatinaLista — Critics of No More Deaths' volunteer Walt Staton say the 27-year-old web designer, theology student and human rights advocate has to go to jail because he broke the law. In June 2009, Staton was convicted for littering when U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted him in December 2008 placing unopened gallon...

  • Denying health care to undocumented immigrants is just another version of a death panel

    LatinaLista — During yesterday's coverage of Honduras' elections, reports were being filed from cities such as Miami, Houston, NYC and Los Angeles citing the number of Hondurans who reside in those cities but were doing their civic duty in voting for their home country's next President. With poverty rampant in Honduras, Haiti...

  • Non-profit expects word-of-mouth to force Chevron to do what is right for Ecuadorian indigenous

    When newspapers cut their foreign news bureaus, they did more than just save themselves a few extra bucks -- they created a vacuum for news happening outside the United States. One of the casualties is news of an ongoing $27 billion pollution lawsuit between 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorians and the American oil company...

  • Son’s 20 years of wrongful imprisonment hasn’t dimmed the hopes of one mother’s wish for justice

    Since first learning a couple of years ago about Efren Paredes and the sad way the justice system of 20 years ago failed a young Latino Honors student, and how the current system is only perpetuating the wrongs committed then, Latina Lista has solidly stood among the many supporters who believe that...

  • Twenty Dallas police officers added language enforcement to their duties

    LatinaLista — When news filtered out last week from Dallas, Texas that a rookie police officer had ticketed a woman for not being able to speak English, most people rolled their eyes and thought this was just a case of an overzealous recruit. Come to find out there are about 20 overzealous...

  • The unsolved deaths of the women in Juarez live on in song and art

    LatinaLista — It is said that music is timeless. Unfortunately, some heartbreaking crimes are also timeless as long as they remain unsolved. Join the two together -- music and an unsolved crime and the results are lyrics that are haunting, memorable and serve as the voice of the victims. That's the case...