Latin America News Dispatch

ACLU, Other Groups Sue Trump Administration for Refusing Asylum Seekers

The organizatons are filing the lawsuit to challenge the agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that allows the Trump administration to send migrants seeking asylum in the United States back to Central America.

  • Jan 17, 2020
  • 12:00 PM

Nearly 800 Homes Damaged by Earthquakes in Puerto Rico

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, almost 1,300 earthquakes have shaken the island since the end of last year.

  • Jan 16, 2020
  • 12:14 PM

Guatemala Swears in New President, Public Calls for Former President’s Arrest

Alejandro Giammattei, 63, won the presidency on his fourth attempt in August for Vamos, a party founded in 2017 on the promise of “battling poverty and providing better opportunities.”

  • Jan 15, 2020
  • 11:00 AM

Puerto Rico Didn’t Follow Emergency Protocols After Earthquake, Former Official Says

Since the aftermath of Hurricane María, scientists have warned that the island lacks proper attention and warning systems for such “physical threats.”

  • Jan 14, 2020
  • 1:06 PM

Colombian Military Spied on Judges, Journalists

According to an investigation, reports of the illegal eavesdropping operations were directly handed off to senior politicians of the president’s Democratic Center party.

  • Jan 13, 2020
  • 1:32 PM

More Than 2,000 Puerto Ricans in Shelters Following Record Earthquake

More than 40 3.0-magnitude or higher earthquakes have occurred since Tuesday.

  • Jan 10, 2020
  • 11:00 AM

Half a Million Puerto Ricans Affected After Record Earthquake

The southwestern town of Guánica was hit the hardest, with hundreds of homes and shelters destroyed.

  • Jan 9, 2020
  • 11:00 AM

Authorities Say More Than 60,000 ‘Disappeared’ in Mexico’s Drug War

In 2019 alone, more than 5,000 people were disappeared.

  • Jan 8, 2020
  • 12:21 PM

Julián Castro Endorses Elizabeth Warren for US President Ahead of NYC Rally

The former housing secretary dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, where he was the only Latino candidate.

  • Jan 7, 2020
  • 9:30 AM

Juan Guaidó Blocked From Venezuelan National Assembly, New Speaker Voted In

Riot police blocked Guaidó from entering the building. Guaidó called the election a “show.”

  • Jan 6, 2020
  • 12:19 PM

European Parliament Passes Resolution Against Daniel Ortega for Human Rights Violations

It demands that the administration return to negotiations with opposition group Civic Alliance and consolidate the country’s Supreme Electoral Court.

  • Dec 20, 2019
  • 1:20 PM

180th Ex-FARC Guerrilla Member Is Killed in Colombia, Increasing Pressure on Peace Process

On Tuesday, the rural community of Santa Lucía in northern Colombia held a ceremony to grieve the death of another ex-combatant.

  • Dec 20, 2019
  • 10:37 AM

UN Peacekeepers Fathered Hundreds of Children in Haiti, Study Shows

The study details 265 stories of Haitian children fathered by peacekeepers from the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

  • Dec 19, 2019
  • 12:13 PM

Abdo Benítez Says FBI Is Supporting Paraguayan Security Forces

President Benítez said President Trump agreed to continue supporting intelligence efforts and provide training for federal employees.

  • Dec 17, 2019
  • 12:12 PM

Mexico Objects to Last-Minute Labor Provision in USMCA Trade Deal

The U.S. made additions that afforded the country five new labor attaches in Mexico tasked with overseeing labor reforms, which Mexico called unnecessary “political decisions.”

  • Dec 16, 2019
  • 1:07 PM

US Sanctions Daniel Ortega’s Son for Corruption and Money Laundering

DNP Petronic, a publicly purchased company, has allegedly been used to funnel money into the Ortega family through non-competitive Nicaraguan contracts.

  • Dec 13, 2019
  • 1:54 PM

Report: Nicaraguan Anti-Government Protesters Were Tortured in Jail

The NGO compiled 56 interviews from ex-prisoners who reported sexual violence, suffocation, beatings, electric shocks, cigarette burns and constant verbal abuse.

  • Dec 12, 2019
  • 1:05 PM

Alberto Fernández Sworn in as Argentina’s New President

Former president Cristina Fernández will serve as the vice president.

  • Dec 11, 2019
  • 12:24 PM

UN Report Finds Latin American Discontent Tied to New Form of Inequality

“Other manifestations of inequality are more evident, like segregation, lack of social mobility, not having a voice in politics,” UNDP Director Luis López-Calva said.

  • Dec 10, 2019
  • 12:16 PM

Brazil Asks Wealthy Nations to Help Stop Deforestation at COP25

Germany and Norway already donated more than $1.2 billion to Brazil’s deforestation efforts.

  • Dec 9, 2019
  • 2:47 PM

Tensions Between Brazil and Argentina Continue to Rise, Affecting Mercosur

The tensions in the most important trading bloc of the region started when ultra-right President Jair Bolsonaro refused to invite representatives of Argentina’s newly elected president, center-left Alberto Fernández.

  • Dec 6, 2019
  • 12:23 PM