Young migrants from Central America gather every Saturday to play soccer in the Bronx. (Image: Katie Schlechter)

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 Yankee Stadium, some 40 teenage boys kick soccer balls on a Saturday afternoon, laughing and yelling to each other in Spanish. On the sidelines, later…

Maya-Q'eqchi victims at the opening of Monday's trial (Image: Prensa Libre TV)

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 period during the country’s 36-year civil war. The trial marks the first time in history that sexual slavery will be prosecuted as a war crime…

Unaccompanied minors on the U.S.-Mexican border. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in an address to the National Defense University on Wednesday that the country will expand the number of Central American refugees it admits into the country with the help of the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations. The announcement of the new refugee policy is…

Guatemalan police stand guard outside Canada Rehabilitation Farm, the site of a riot that left 17 dead. (YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Two thousand police officials finally managed to get a Guatemalan prison under control on Monday after a fight broke out that resulted in the death of 17 inmates, seven of whom were decapitated. Violence allegedly erupted between Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs as well as unaffiliated inmates on Sunday afternoon at the…

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Guatemala’s President-elect Jimmy Morales said he will work to strengthen the mandate of domestic and international anti-corruption bodies within the Guatemalan government when he takes office on January 14, after winning a landslide election amid nationwide protests over a massive graft scheme. Morales…

Rescuers evacuate a survivor of the landslide in Santa Caterina Pinula. (Image: CONRED, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Top Story — Rescuers in Guatemala continued efforts to find survivors on Sunday, following a landslide which has killed at least 95 people and left some 300 more missing and feared dead. The landslide struck late on Thursday in the Santa Caterina Pinula municipality on the outskirts of the capital Guatemala City, Reuters reported. While…

"Prison for corrupt police, soldiers and business people," reads a sign during a protest in Honduras in June. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — The Organization of American States on Monday announced it will set up an international anti-corruption body in Honduras, following months of protests denouncing endemic graft. OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro announced the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH, in its Spanish initials) alongside President Juan Orlando Hernández,…

Manuel Baldizón. (Image: Youtube, screenshot)

Top Story — Guatemala’s presidential runoff on Oct. 25 will have one fewer contestant, after the leading establishment candidate dropped out on Monday. Jimmy Morales, a comedian with no political experience, and Sandra Torres, the ex-wife of former president Álvaro Colóm, will contest the presidency on Oct. 25 without the participation of Manuel Baldizón, who…

Former Guatemalan dictator Jose Efraín Ríos Monttl. (Image: Elena Hermosa / Trocaire, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — An official team of government-backed doctors declared 89-year-old former Guatemalan dictator Jose Efraín Ríos Montt is “mentally incompetent,” a consensus that could stall his ongoing trial on human rights charges in connection with the genocide of Mayans during Guatemala’s civil war. The opinion, given by the National Institute of Forensic Scientists, determined…

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina (left) and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, who have both faced calls to resign recently over corruption scandals. (Image: Government of Honduras)

Top Story — Corruption scandals in Honduras and Guatemala continue to grow amid protest movements calling for the ouster of both countries’ presidents. On Wednesday, Guatemalan prosecutors announced corruption claims against the lawmaker leading a probe of President Otto Pérez Molina — himself accused of corruption. In Honduras, President Juan Orlando Hernández announced that due…