Category: Central America

In Nicaragua, the Campaign Trail is Replete With Memories of Revolution

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — On Friday, supporters of Nicaragua’s ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional gathered in Managua to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the repliegue táctico a Masaya (“tactical retreat […] Read More >

El Salvador Arrests Architects of Failed Gang Truce

Top Story — El Salvador’s Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday announced the arrest of 21 people involved in a controversial 2012 gang treaty that has since broken down, including former […] Read More >

El Salvador Unveils New Gang Unit for Rural Areas

Top Story — The government of El Salvador has dispatched 1,000 soldiers and police officers to the countryside to combat gangs, reflecting a recent shift in gang activity away from […] Read More >

Reunification with Family in US is Bittersweet for Child Migrants

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on April 18, 2016. NEW YORK — It is an uplifting image: a child seeing her mother for the first time after […] Read More >

Latin American Authorities Continue Probes in Wake of Panama Papers

Top Story — The largest-ever digital leak of financial information, the Panama Papers, is still generating furor across Latin America. On Tuesday, organized crime prosecutors raided the office from which […] Read More >

Child Migrants Face Challenges, But Are Kids Again on the Soccer Field

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the second in a two-part series. NEW YORK — On artificial turf at the foot of […] Read More >

Another Former Salvadoran President to Face Corruption Charges

Top Story — The Salvadoran Supreme Court ordered a civil prosecution Wednesday of former President Mauricio Funes on corruption charges. Though the case does not include drug charges, justices voted […] Read More >

Landmark Sexual Slavery Trial Begins in Guatemala

Top Story — Two former soldiers in Guatemala went on trial Monday for the alleged rape, sexual enslavement, forced disappearance and murder of indigenous men and women in a 10-month […] Read More >

Hemisphere Reacts to ‘Explosion’ of Zika Virus

Top Story — The World Health Organization declared Thursday the mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to thousands of cases of birth defects in Brazil, is “spreading explosively.” The WHO’s Americas division […] Read More >

Zika Virus Prompts Brazil and El Salvador to Warn Pregnant Women

Top Story — The mosquito-borne Zika virus is wreaking havoc throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, most prominently in El Salvador and Brazil, prompting both nation’s leaders to issue warnings […] Read More >