Category: Dispatches

How Can the UN Better Include Indigenous Peoples in Its Development Goals?: There’s An App For That

NEW YORK — “These are the people who can either choose to support us, or choose to destroy our lives and our lands with their international development projects?” This was […] Read More >

“Porros”: The Criminal Shock Groups Disrupting Student Protests in Mexico

In Mexico, violent groups likened to goon squads and criminal shock groups have rattled student protestors for decades. In the latest rash of violence, a large group of porros—Spanish slang […] Read More >

A year after María, 150 years after the Grito, Manhattanites march

Late at night a century and a half ago, hundreds of rebels against Spanish rule entered the town of Lares in the western part of Puerto Rico and captured the […] Read More >

Nicaragua poised to clash with US at UN General Assembly

The United States put the roiling domestic unrest in Nicaragua on the UN Security Council’s agenda this month, only days after the country expelled a UN human rights mission sent […] Read More >

Marichuy: Weaving the Resistance Beyond the Mexican Elections

  A few days before Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s landslide victory as president-elect of Mexico and as he addressed the people of Guerrero and Michoacán, an early opponent, one backed […] Read More >

Official Reports of Violence Against Women in Puerto Rico Unreliable After Hurricane Maria

By Claire Tighe and Lauren Gurley | Special for the Center for Investigative Journalism   More than seven months after Hurricane Maria, organizations serving domestic violence and sexual assault victims […] Read More >

López Obrador broadens his base in an effort to win the presidency on his third attempt

“Populist,” “anti-business” were the common media shorthand to describe Andrés Manuel López Obrador in his failed 2006 and 2012 bids to become president of Mexico. This round, he is now […] Read More >

Goni and El Zorro fall and $10 Million is awarded to Indigenous Bolivian survivors in landmark human rights case

FORT LAUDERDALE, April 3, 2018—In an unexpected move, a federal jury found the ex-President of Bolivia, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, and his foreign minister, Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, responsible for the […] Read More >

The Colombian peace process threw the wrongfully convicted into a legal void

NEW YORK—The story of a man named Gilberto Torres Muñetón appeared in several Colombian newspapers recently. His is the first case of a convicted FARC member transferred from the ordinary […] Read More >

Armed Groups Continue to Threaten Indigenous Communities in Colombia

TACUEYÓ, Colombia—Sparks flew into the air from a drill saw struggling through confiscated machine guns. On Feb.11, hundreds of people gathered for a community assembly in Tacueyó, Cauca to witness […] Read More >