• U.S. immigration courts declare 13-year-old must be separated from his only parent and deported back to El Salvador alone

    LatinaLista — Today is World Refugee Day. When we think of refugees these days, it's usually the images in Africa of the different tribes that have been displaced because of war and famine, but we know that refugees exist all over the world — even in the United States. The dictionary defines...

  • Filmmaker’s haunting story about “the Disappeared” of Chile needs viewer help to win competition

    LatinaLista — Today, Chile may enjoy the leadership of one of the few women Presidents in the world, Michelle Bachelet, but the country's sad history of terror and torture under the watch of General Augusto Pinochet when more than 3,000 people were killed and 1,000 of those were listed as "disappeared," still...

  • New petition continues the cry for justice for the 450 murdered girls in Juarez, Mexico

    LatinaLista — These days, the Mexican border town across from El Paso, Texas, Juarez is under siege by drug cartels. Every week, there are reports of new murders. Yet, with these murders, at least it is known they are being committed by the drug cartels in their wrestle for dominance in the...

  • Do you know about Pangea Day?

    LatinaLista — If you don't, thankfully there's still time to sign up to witness firsthand an unique event that attempts to erase borders and bring the world together through film. May 10, 2008 is officially now known as Pangea Day. The brainchild of filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, Pangea Day arose from Noujaim's wish...

  • Bolivia’s President Evo Morales opens United Nations Session on Indigenous Issues

    LatinaLista — Almost 600 languages have disappeared in the last century, according to UNESCO. On top of that gloomy news is the fact that languages continue to disappear at a rate of one language every two weeks. If current trends continue, it is forecast that up to 90 percent of the world's...

  • New video site serves as “The Hub” for posting human rights abuses

    LatinaLista — While YouTube has been the premier choice outlet to post videos, the audience is not always so kind in their remarks when seeing those videos that promote human rights or deal with issues like immigration, police brutality, etc. As a way to counter that negativity that seems to sprout on...

  • China Reports on US Human Rights Violations on Day Condoleeza Rice Signs Agreement to Fight Racial Discrimination

    LatinaLista — When news first hit the wires today that China had released their assessment of the U.S.' record on human rights, the reflex action within the United States was to dismiss it. (Source: CNN) After all, it's China — the biggest country dedicated to communist ideals and for many in the...

  • Colombia Hosts Unprecedented Protest Against FARC and Asks the World to Join Them

    LatinaLista — Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez does say the darndest things. Maybe it was because he felt invincible after helping arrange the release of two prominent female hostages by the Colombian terror group FARC earlier this month, but whatever it was, Chavez surprised the world when he declared that the Revolutionary Armed...

  • Breaking News: Chicago Church Grants Sanctuary for Second Time

    LatinaLista — Flor Crisotomo is the latest undocumented immigrant to ask for sanctuary at Chicago's Adalberto United Methodist Church, the former sanctuary of Elvira Arellano. Flor Crisostomo, an illegal immigrant from Mexico arrested at a workplace raid at a Chicago site of IFCO Systems in 2006, is helped by supporters as she...

  • Chicago Church that Gave Sanctuary to Elvira “Prays” on Whether or Not to Do It Again

    LatinaLista — Chicago's Adalberto United Methodist Church is back in the news. Known for providing sanctuary to Mexican national Elvira Arellano, the church finds itself facing the same request by more members of their congregation. Adalberto United Methodist Church was the sanctuary home for Elvira Arellano. (Source: chicagoist.com) It's a decision that...

  • The U.S. Has Its Own Spin on this Year’s Observance of International Human Rights Day

    LatinaLista — Today is the international observance of Human Rights Day. Latina Lista, along with other Latina/o bloggers, have made it our mission to highlight the shortcomings of U.S. policy in regard to immigration, the treatment of undocumented immigrants and border security. As we end another year, and get set to embark...

  • ICE Acknowledges Irving, Texas Officials’ Abuse of Illegal Immigrant Referral Program

    LatinaLista — In a rare move that made international headlines, the Mexican Consulate issued a travel warning to its citizens to avoid Irving, Texas. The Consul noted that an excessive amount of Mexican nationals were being picked up and referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Consul felt that the Irving police...

  • Texas Indigenous Group Pleads for Help from Assault by Homeland Security

    LatinaLista — When the term indigenous is used, first thoughts travel to foreign countries. For some reason, indigenous is equated to people who are of low education, speak in their own tongue, dress differently from the mainstream, live in poverty — far away. Rarely does the average person think of an indigenous...

  • Is the City of Irving, Texas Really Good at Catching Undocumented Immigrants or Violating Basic Human Rights?

    LatinaLista — The 2006 Community Survey reports that the total population of Irving, Texas stands at 205,920. It's a figure that is steadily dropping. Not because of deaths or people relocating, but rather because of deportations. Between June 1, 2006 and September 18, 2007, at least 1,600 people have been deported. That's...

  • Guest Voz: ACLU Lawyers Help Immigrant Women Workers Send Clear Message to Abusive Employers

    By Claudia Flores LatinaLista The Dream Team of ACLU lawyers, who fight for the rights of women as part of the Women's Rights Project, were responsible for winning a recent settlement on behalf of several immigrant women who were sexually harassed by their employer. (L-R) Lenora Lapidus, director of the Women’s Rights...

  • New video game shows the chilly side of immigration policies

    LatinaLista — What is a new video game about illegal immigration that is due to launch in November going to accomplish that countless blog posts, documentaries and news stories couldn't? Well, for one thing, it's going to show players of the new game ICED! I Can End Deportation that the life of...

  • News Alert: Security Guards at Immigrant Detention Facility Corroborate Immigrant Detainees’ Claims of Inhumane Treatment

    LatinaLista RAYMONDVILLE, TEXAS: Reports are filtering out from the Willacy County detention center in Raymondville that the 2,000 detained immigrants waiting for deportation are suffering in such bad conditions that one detainee has tried to commit suicide. Willacy County detention center Rio Grande Valley television station KGBT4 reports that they have received...

  • Latino Groups Banding Together to Raise Awareness of ICE Abuses

    LatinaLista — The United States' global reputation as being a World Power who sets the standard for other countries when it comes to championing the human rights of the less fortunate has officially been unmasked by a Mexican named Jorge Bustamante. UN Inspector Jorge Bustamante (Source: protocolo.com.mx) Bustamante, a distinguished professional who...

  • New Immigration Laws Reminiscent of Another Law that Divided the Nation and Created a Railroad – Underground

    LatinaLista — In light of what has happened this week in the state of Oklahoma and the town of Farmers Branch, Texas where legal grounds have been created to help drive undocumented immigrants out of town/state, it seems talk show pundits and right-wing cable tv hosts are filling the airwaves touting the...

  • Immigrant Mom in Sanctuary Goes on Hunger Strike

    LatinaLista — There are over 3 million children who are caught squarely in the middle of this immigration debate. These children are U.S. citizens but at least one of their parents is not. Saul Arrellano is one of these children. Saulito's mother is Elvira who is fighting with every ounce of her...

  • Is ICE Doing the Will of the Administration? If so, More Hard Questions Need to be Asked

    LatinaLista — With each and every abuse of power that has come to light under this Administration, it's no stretch of the imagination to think that ICE, otherwise known as Immigration Customs and Enforcement, may not be enforcing their duties as they should. In fact, from reports coming from within immigrant detention...

  • America’s Concentration Camp Feeling the Heat

    LatinaLista — There are a few updates regarding the T. Don Hutto Residential Facility in Taylor, Texas. An eyewitness reports: The razor wire has finally come down around the perimeter fence at the T. Don Hutto prison in Taylor Texas. As I was driving down Welch Street this Thursday afternoon (1:06PM), I...

  • Pictures of Palestinian Family Released from America’s Concentration Camp

    LatinaLista — As we reported this morning, the Ibrahim family has been released from the T. Don Hutto Residential facility. Mrs. Ibrahim hugs her 3-year-old daughter whom she hasn't seen in 3 months. Children hug their long-missed 3-year-old sister. The 15-year-old son, Hamzeh, is reported as having described conditions inside the facility...

  • Before Another Undocumented Immigrant Dies, It’s Time to Start Looking for Real Solutions

    LatinaLista — Today, Tyrone Williams was sentenced to life in prison for being the Grim Reaper to 19 undocumented immigrants who suffocated in the back of his 18-wheeler one hot, sweltering day while passing through Texas on the eve of summer in 2003. Tyrone Williams led away from Houston courthouse to begin serving...

  • The Legacy of Dr. King is Being Lost Among too Many Young People of Color

    LatinaLista — Today, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior would have been 78 years old. Had he lived, what would he have thought about what's going on today? Though he would have been somewhat pleased about the strides people of color have made within mainstream society, he most probably would have been disgusted...