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Civil Society Organizations Speak Out on US Central America Plan

For years, civil society organizations in our countries and other allied nations have been sounding the alarm regarding the dire human rights crisis in Central America and Mexico. The militarization of citizen security has contributed to systematic human rights abuses while harmful, private- and foreign-investor-led “development” policies continue to dispossess communities of their lands and livelihoods. The result of these policies, among others, is forced migration, the impact of which differs based on social conditions, including gender, ethnicity and ability. Migrants continue to be criminalized, which heightens the grave risk to their lives, physical safety and human dignity. Migration that occurs under these conditions continues to divide families and increase human suffering in the region.

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Crackdown on Kids

Less than a year after the crisis of unaccompanied minors arriving in the United States, Washington has come up with its policy response to the children’s plight. Unfortunately, while purporting to address the root causes of migration, it mirrors — and in many ways intensifies — the causes that forced so many to flee.

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Homicides Skyrocket in El Salvador

During the last three months of 2014, reports of homicides in El Salvador reached alarming numbers. The year ended with a 57% increase in the murder rate, and the first three months of 2015 have also shown rising numbers.

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Grassroots Movement Blocks Water Privatization in Mexico

The ruling party (PRI) and its allies, the National Action Party (PAN), the Partido Verde and New Alliance, lost a battle when the General Water Law to privatize Mexico’s water resources was shelved in the Chamber of Deputies. Grassroots mobilization played a key role in the victory.

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Brazilian Youth Return to the Streets to Protest Transport Fares

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January 5, 2015

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Laura Carlsen on Peña Nieto’s Washington Visit – WBAI Morning Show. Listen here

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January 6, 2015

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Laura Carlsen spoke to Uprising with Sonali about the Mexican President, Peña Nieto, Visit to the White House. See video

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Nov. 25, 2014

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Laura Carlsen spoke to ABC Radio Australia about the Ayotzinapa crime and its aftermath.

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September 2, 2013

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Laura Carlsen was a guest in Al Jazeera on the teachers’ strikes in Mexico

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August 19, 2013

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Laura Carlsen was commentator on CCTV on the legalization of marijuana in Uruguay. See Video

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July 1, 2013

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Laura Carlsen was a guest on radio UNAM on the Snowden case.

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