Category: Dispatches

Immigration Enforcement By Local Police Is Ineffective and Misuses Authority, Report Says

NEW YORK — Programs allowing local cops to enforce federal immigration law misused their authority, according to a new report. The National Council of La Raza, an immigrant advocacy group, […] Read More >

The U.S. Embassy in Montevideo after its inauguration in 1969.

Nixon Administration Advocated Use of Death Squads in Uruguay, New Documents Indicate

NEW YORK — Forty years after U.S. AID official Dan Mitrione was kidnapped and executed by Uruguayan guerillas, nine declassified State Department documents prove that high-level officials in the Nixon […] Read More >

Film Spotlights Child Immigrants’ Lonely Journey North

NEW YORK — Thousands of child migrants travel alone each year, some not tall enough to reach the trains they jump on, to get to the United States. Their story […] Read More >

OAS Asks State Department To Reconsider Colombian Journalist’s Visa Application

NEW YORK — The Organization of American States asked the U.S. State Department last week to reconsider its rejection of Colombian journalist Hollman Morris’ visa, the Colombian press reports. Hollman […] Read More >

Guatemalan Women May Become Special Asylum Group

NEW YORK — In a few weeks, female Guatemalan asylum seekers might know whether their applications hold better odds. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that a […] Read More >

WOLA Announces Second Death Threat From Colombian Paramilitaries For Working With Displaced Peoples

WASHINGTON – The Latin America News Dispatch reported on Monday about the status of internally displaced persons in Colombia. Marco Romero, of the Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement, spoke at […] Read More >

Colombian Peasants Continue To Suffer Displacement Due To War

WASHINGTON – Displacement of peasants by armed groups continues to plague Colombia, with the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) reaching 4.9 million at the end of 2009, according to […] Read More >

Araguaia Case May Challenge Brazilian Amnesty Law

RIO DE JANEIRO – When Brazil’s highest court upheld a controversial amnesty law preventing trial and punishment for political crimes committed during the military dictatorship in April, it appeared that […] Read More >

Cuban Folk Legend Silvio Rodríguez Visits U.S. for First Time in 30 Years

NEW YORK — After a wait of over thirty years, Cuban folk legend Silvio Rodríguez will make his first public appearance in the U.S. this Friday, when he plays a […] Read More >

Supporters of DREAM Act Begin Hunger Strike Outside Senator Charles Schumer’s Office

NEW YORK — Sitting around bags with sleeping mats, gallons of water but no food, 15 people began a hunger strike Tuesday outside Senator Charles Schumer’s Manhattan office. The strikers, […] Read More >