• 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...

  • Department of Homeland Security should revoke the 287(g) program until there is immigration reform

    LatinaLista — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not a happy camper these days. It seems the federal government has had enough of the complaints lobbed against Arpaio's use of the government's 287(g) program, which authorizes local law enforcement to enforce immigration policy. With his infamous "immigration sweep" operations, Arpaio has been...

  • New virtual game challenges “citizens” to think for themselves and create the world of their dreams

    LatinaLista — Did you ever wonder what the world would be like -- if you ran it? Well, courtesy of some European game developers, you can assume the role of citizen extraordinaire in a new game called eRepublik. Available in five languages, eRepublik, is a virtual version of the real world --...

  • TX Mexican-Americans birthed by midwives still can’t get Washington to give them a passport

    LatinaLista — It was just a little over a year ago that unimaginable stories of how Mexican-Americans, along the Texas-Mexico border, who had the misfortune of being birthed by a midwife, were suddenly being denied passports. The situation was problematic because without a passport, these border dwellers couldn't comply with the new...

  • Guatemala: A hunger crisis eating up the poorest of the poor

    By Mayra Beltran de Daetz GUATEMALA: At the end of August 2009, the people of Guatemala found out, through the media, that there were towns that were suffering from the damage caused by a winter without rain. Because there was no rain, many harvests were lost and, as a result, thousands of...

  • New short film follows Postville deportees home and their continuing struggle to survive

    LatinaLista — One of the Guatemalan immigrants, Willian Toj, who was apprehended and deported in May 2008 from Postville, Iowa wasn't just working illegally in the United States at the meatpacking plant to send money back home -- he was working to literally save the life of his mother. Toj's story is...

  • Cincinnati discovers they’re not immune to human trafficking

    LatinaLista — Human trafficking is known to be a worldwide phenomenon but the trouble, at least in this country, is making people aware that it is also a local phenomenon. Well, the people of Cincinnati, Ohio now know exactly -- or as exactly as one can be -- just how widespread it...

  • LL Original Report: Mexican resort town doesn’t let the issue of human rights abuses relax

    By Mariana Llamas-Cendon Latinalista MANZANILLO, MEXICO: The city of Manzanillo, the main tourist destination of the Mexican state of Colima, houses a very unusual attraction. Something a visitor or a resident would never expect to see in a beach resort -- The Museum of Perversity: A Historic Look at Human Rights. Manzanillo...

  • Mandela Day aims to inspire the world

    LatinaLista — Tomorrow, July 18, is the 91st birthday of South Africa's Nelson Mandela. It is also the first global observance of Mandela Day. Nelson Mandela The day isn't just to honor the legacy of one of the world's most respected human rights leader but it is also a day dedicated to...

  • Former U.S. Marine creates citizen journalist site to uncover real story in Honduras

    LatinaLista — The overthrow of Honduras President Manuel Zelaya Rosales has created more than just a tiny country defying the world in defending their actions but it has created a surprising spin-off benefit -- the rise of citizen journalists. Citizen Journalist Hunter Smith Latina Lista first learned that U.S.-based news outlets were...

  • Guest Voz: Honduran blogger sets record straight on real story in Honduras

    LatinaLista — Earlier this week, Latina Lista published a post opining how the "coup" in Honduras didn't have all the earmarks of traditional Latin American military takeovers. Honduran protesters march against the referendum. (Source: El Heraldo newspaper) Yet, many readers disagreed pointing to the fact that the military forced the President out...

  • World’s political leaders rushing to judgement to support ousted Honduran president

    LatinaLista — When the news first filtered out that Honduras President Manuel Zelaya had been roused from his bed early Sunday morning and escorted out of the presidential palace, still in his pajamas, by military soldiers pointing their weapons at him, it disappointingly sounded like old-style Latin American politics. Honduran President Manuel...

  • Pundits of Supreme Court’s reverse discrimination ruling are missing the bigger point

    LatinaLista — Today's Supreme Court ruling siding with the white New Haven firefighters in their reverse discrimination lawsuit against the City of New Haven illustrates the delicate balancing act when it comes to affirmative action. New Haven firefighters, along with their lawyer, speak to the press after Supreme Court verdict. (Source: NY...

  • Latino teen describes experience as hate crime target

    LatinaLista — The problem with hate crimes is that too often the victims are either too scared to talk about what happened to them, let alone report the incident, or don't live to tell the story. As Latina Lista reported in a past post, Current hate crime laws reflect an imbalance of...

  • Breaking News: Mexican Americans birthed by midwives now able to receive passports

    LatinaLista — A source has notified Latina Lista that the Department of State (DOS), as a result of a settlement reached in a class action lawsuit filed by a coalition of civil rights and legal organizations, will now implement new procedures to fairly and promptly review U.S. passport applications of those Mexican...

  • Central Texans protest Iran’s election

    18 de junio de 2009 La Prensa .- Central Texans joined in on the global protests of the disputed presidential election in Iran. Police estimate about 500 Iranian-Americans and other reformist supporters showed up in front of the Texas Capitol Wednesday as part of a show of solidarity with their counterparts in...

  • Hundreds expected to march to T. Don Hutto on Sat., World Refugee Day, to demand an end to family detention

    LatinaLista — Saturday, June 20, is World Refugee Day. It's a day that the world is asked to come together in solidarity in asking governments to recognize that all refugees are entitled to basic human rights -- such as the right to freedom. In the United States, there are pockets of the...

  • World Day Against Child Labor: Mexican Foreign Ministry releases report detailing Mexican children traveling to US alone are looking for work

    LatinaLista — Today, the global community observes World Day Against Child Labour. Begun in 2002 by the International Labor Organization, this year's theme is "Give Girls a Chance -- End Child Labor." According to ILO estimates, of the 218 million child laborers worldwide, 100 million are girls. More than half of those...

  • DREAM Act student, Benita Veliz, will twitter her day in court

    LatinaLista — Benita Veliz, Benny to her friends, is a 23-year-old college graduate -- graduated Valedictorian from her San Antonio, Texas high school class and got a full scholarship to St. Mary's University where she double-majored in biology and sociology -- and wants to go to law school. Benita Veliz The only...

  • Suppressed news of hunger strike at immigrant detention facility flies in the face of Obama administration’s goal for transparency

    LatinaLista — In April, 200 detainees at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, Texas started a hunger strike to draw attention to their complaints of physical and verbal abuse, improper medical attention and the fact that the detainees have been held at the facility -- some for months and years...

  • LL Special Report: Organizer of NYC anti-gay Latino rally told he is not the voice of all Latinos

    By Anahi Parra LL Special Report LatinaLista Away from my hometown of Mexico City, I am currently in New York City, where last Sunday I had the opportunity to witness two rallies regarding gay marriage in New York, one pro-marriage equality, one against. The English-language media coverage was more focused on the...

  • UN report finds women comprise 30% of human traffickers

    LatinaLista — Quiz: Name the two highest-grossing illicit businesses in the world. If you said the first profitable illicit business was drugs, you were right. If you said the second illicit business that paid well was prostitution, you are only partly right. When prostitution is performed by women and girls who are...

  • New online organization pledges to be “Presente” for nation’s Latinos

    LatinaLista — It's been three years since the "mother" of all immigration marches occurred in 2006. It was before the presidential election and the revelation of just how big a political powerhouse the Latino community could be when we put our minds to it. Yet, with so many organizations working on behalf...

  • Guest Voz: Writing the Next Chapter on Race

    By Judith Browne-Dianis LatinaLista — Judith Browne-Dianis is co-director of the Advancement Project. The Advancement Project is a policy, communications and legal action group committed to racial justice. It was founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1998. Judith Browne-Dianis In the following Guest Voz post, Ms. Browne-Dianis points...

  • New report underscores the deprivation of human rights in US immigrant detention facilities

    LatinaLista — Amnesty International just released a new report on an issue that Latina Lista has been covering a lot lately — immigrant detention. The report, Jailed without Justice, underscores just how broken is the nation's immigration system. In the report, researchers made a several key discoveries. Among them are: In the last...