Latin America News Dispatch

Guatemalan Elections Yield Run-Off Between Former First Lady and Prison Director

The elections were marked by allegations of corruption and political uncertainty.

  • Jun 17, 2019
  • 12:17 PM

Over 40 Organizations and Three Democratic Presidential Candidates Denounced Puerto Rican Religious Freedom Bill

Governor Ricardo Rosselló withdrew the controversial bill.

  • Jun 14, 2019
  • 12:00 PM

ACLU Accuses US Coast Guard of Improperly Detaining Four Jamaican Fishermen

The ACLU claims the USCG officers accused the fishermen of drug-smuggling, burned their two-engine boat, ankle-chained them to the cutter’s deck and transferred them three more times to other Coast Guard vessels.

  • Jun 13, 2019
  • 12:50 PM

Nicaraguan Amnesty Law Frees 106 Political Prisoners In 48 Hours

Among the released prisoners, are the foremost leaders of the civic revolt.

  • Jun 12, 2019
  • 1:00 PM

Leaks Reveal Politicized Prosecution Against Lula and Worker’s Party in Brazil

The online publication by The Intercept shows how the current Minister of Justice Sergio Moro and other federal judges corresponded.

  • Jun 11, 2019
  • 1:19 PM

Maduro Orders to Reopen Venezuelan Border With Colombia

Thousands of Venezuelans reportedly crossed into Colombia over the weekend through two international bridges near the border.

  • Jun 10, 2019
  • 12:35 PM

Latin American Teams Seek Glory as Women’s World Cup Begins

Experts are calling this the “most important women’s World Cup in history.”

  • Jun 7, 2019
  • 12:28 PM

Chilean Teachers March in Santiago to Support Public Education

Participants in the national strike, which began on Monday, have been wearing black, which they say symbolizes the “death of public education.”

  • Jun 6, 2019
  • 12:58 PM

Congress Approves Immigration Bill Protecting ‘Dreamers’, TPS Holders

The American Dream and Promise Act passed 237-187, with seven Republicans representatives joining all House Democrats in its favor.

  • Jun 5, 2019
  • 12:06 PM

US, Mexico Seek to Ratify Pact Amid Trade and Border Tensions

Yesterday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that “punitive actions alone will not work” in decreasing migration from Central America.

  • Jun 4, 2019
  • 12:42 PM

Transgender Asylum Seeker Dies in ICE Custody

LGBTQ advocates reported that Johana Medina died in a Texas hospital after being under ICE custody for nearly three months.

  • Jun 3, 2019
  • 10:33 AM

Honduran President Is Target of DEA Investigation

The probe into a “politically-connected drug-trafficking operation in Honduras,” carried out by the U.S. Southern Court District of New York, reached some of the president’s closest advisors.

  • May 31, 2019
  • 11:59 AM

‘Green Wave’ Sweeps Buenos Aires as New Bill Is Proposed to Legalize Abortion

Along the main avenues, activists from feminist collectives, human rights organizations and workers’ associations tended booths and distributed fliers about reproductive rights.

  • May 31, 2019
  • 11:25 AM

Private Wi-Fi to Become Legal in Cuba

The Ministry of Communications said Cubans would be able to set up Wi-Fi networks in their residences

  • May 30, 2019
  • 9:02 AM

Trade Union Calls for National Strike in Argentina

The country’s public transportation system will be affected nationwide.

  • May 29, 2019
  • 10:48 AM

Prison Riots in Northwestern Brazil Leave at Least 57 Dead

The cause of the riots is unknown, although the conflict was led by rival drug factions.

  • May 28, 2019
  • 10:08 AM

Earthquake in Peruvian Amazon Leaves 1 Dead, 18 Injured

The Peruvian Geophysical Institute (IPG) said the incident was recorded at 2:41 a.m. on Sunday in the Alto Amazonas province, located in the northeastern Loreto region near the border with Brazil.

  • May 27, 2019
  • 10:52 AM

After Extended Delay, Senate Approves Disaster Relief Funds for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico will receive a little over $1 billion in disaster relief from the aid package more than a year after Hurricane María devastated most of the island.

  • May 24, 2019
  • 12:20 PM

Brazil’s Top Court to Rule on Criminalization of Homophobia

President Jair Bolsonaro has been an outspoken critic of the LGBTQI+ community, saying that Brazil “must not become a gay tourism paradise.”

  • May 23, 2019
  • 11:23 AM

OAS Demands Nicaragua Release All Political Prisoners by June 18

The special session took place at the OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., following the murder of Nicaragua-American activist Eddy Monte on May 17.

  • May 22, 2019
  • 1:48 PM

Fifth Guatemalan Youth Dies Under CBP Custody in Last Six Months

After spending five days at a CBP detention facility in the neighboring town of McAllen, Texas, Carlos Gregorio Hernández Vásquez passed away after reportedly falling ill with influenza A.

  • May 21, 2019
  • 11:18 AM