With Immigration Reform Looming, Private Prisons Lobby to Keep Migrants Behind Bars

Escrito por  |  13 / February / 2013

As the immigration reform debate heats up, an important argument has been surprisingly missing. By granting legal status to immigrants and ordering future flows, the government would save billions of dollars. A shift to focus border security on real crime, both local and cross border, would increase public safety and render a huge dividend to cash-strapped public coffers.

The Community Police of Guerrero, Confronting the Greatest Threat in its Existence

Escrito por  |  12 / February / 2013

For the Regional Coordinating Body of Community Authorities of the Mountain and Costa Chica of Guerrero (CRAC-PC), the seizure of the House of Justice in San Luis Acatlán by leaders and supporters of the Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero (UPOEG) is “a direct attack against the communal system” that “seriously jeopardizes the CRAC project to build people power by the people.” The CRAC, also commonly known as the Community Police , calls upon social organizations to be aware of the conflict, “which represents an escalation of UPOEG aggression toward the community justice system.”

Efforts to Provide HIV-AIDS and Other Health Services to Migrants Face Major Obstacles

Escrito por  |  9 / February / 2013

Juan stopped in Tapachula, Chiapas to rest for a few days and to receive a routine medical check-up before heading out on the treacherous 1,700-mile long journey to Mexico’s northern border. Since he was already sitting in the Doctor’s office, he figured he might as well get one of the free quick tests offered by the Belen migrant shelter on Monday and Thursday afternoons. In under a minute, the test confirmed his worst fears: he was HIV-positive.

Rios Montt on Trial for Genocide in Guatemala

Escrito por  |  7 / February / 2013

Judge Miguel Ángel Gálvez ended a four-hour hearing today Monday in the genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt by accepting all of the witnesses, experts and documents submitted as evidence by the prosecution. The defense, by contrast, failed in its bid to incorporate experts and documentary evidence on behalf of their client, although the judge approved several defense witnesses.

Pentagon Continues Contracting US Companies in Latin America

Escrito por  |  7 / February / 2013

The Pentagon signed $444 million in non-fuel contracts for purchases and services in Latin America and the Caribbean during the 2012 fiscal year, an overall decrease of nearly 15% from the previous year. But US military spending in the region is still considerably higher than during the George W. Bush administration, when the equivalent Pentagon spending in Latin America averaged $301 million a year.

International meeting unites movements against destructive mining projects

Escrito por  |  4 / February / 2013

More than 500 people from 12 countries traveled the sinuous mountain road from Oaxaca, México to the small Zapotec community of Capulálpam de Méndez to attend the “Yes to Life, No to Mining” Forum of Mesoamerican Peoples. Community activists and indigenous leaders shared experiences of resistance, and developed strategies for defending their territories against the onslaught of ongoing and planned mega-mining projects that threaten their communities.

In Chile, Plunder and Perverse Laws against the Indigenous Population

Escrito por  |  28 / January / 2013

Llanquileo and Héctor Llaitul, both leaders of the Coordinadora Arauco Malleco (CAM), demand a reconsideration of their legal situation after being convicted for attempted murder. This is the third hunger strike they have carried out since their arrests in 2009. During the previous strikes, they lasted close to 90 days without nourishment.