Central America

“Because we remember, we sow justice”

Escrito por  |  9 / April / 2014

There have been major advances in truth and justice movements in recent years. But of all the goals of the movements for truth and justice, the most important is the least achieved: to guarantee the crimes will not be repeated.

Lessons from the Costa Rican Elections

Escrito por  |  2 / April / 2014
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The results of the Feb. 2 elections in Costa Rica surprised the left party, leaving it out of what is now a one-candidate run-off election. We talked to Maria Florez-Estrada of the Broad Front about what happened and what to expect.

Why does more “security” keep leading to more violence against women?

Escrito por  |  10 / March / 2014

It’s common practice to take stock on this day of where we are and how far we’ve come in the movement for full gender equality and respect for the human rights of women. This year in the Americas, the situation is getting worse rather than better.

Violence Against Women in Mexico and Central America and the Impact of U.S. Policy

Escrito por  |  9 / March / 2014

When violence is attacked with violence, women become both victims and defenders. They are disproportionately and differently affected by violence, violation of human rights and the erosion of community. Yet Mesoamerican and the U.S. governments continue to fund militarist enforcement policies framed as counternarcotics or anti-terrorism that arm and train men to patrol and control the population that put women at great risk.

Salvadoran Youth, Facing Big Challenges, Mobilize for Mar. 9 Election

Escrito por  |  7 / March / 2014

As El Salvador heads into the March 9 run-off election to decide who will be the next president, its youth suffer the brunt of problems facing the nation. Lack of job opportunities, a declining economy, and continued gang violence have spurred young people to get more involved this election.

Rethinking the Drug War in Central America and Mexico (Full Report)

Escrito por  |  21 / January / 2014
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U.S. security policy in Mexico and Central America, focused on militarized counter-narcotics efforts known as the war on drugs, has had severely negative effects on the region. This report analyzes the effects in four areas – militarization, drug policy, violence against women and forced migration—and examines the impact of this security policy on three countries: Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.