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US: Release Detained Migrant Children, Mothers

Jul 27, 2015
Rally to End Family Detention in Dilley, Texas. Photo credit: Photo by Miguel Gutierrez, Jr., Taken on May 2, 2015 (CC BY-ND 2.0)

(San Francisco) – A United States federal court ruling against the Obama administration’s detention of migrant families ruling is a significant step toward protecting the rights of children, Human Rights Watch said today. Under the decision, announced on July 24, 2015, the government may not hold children with their parents in prison-like facilities, and mothers who do not present a flight or security risk should be released with their children.

Guatemala court delays Rios Montt genocide trial once again

Jul 24, 2015

A Guatemalan court ordered former dictator Efrain Rios Montt put in a psychiatric hospital for nine days' observation on Thursday, once again delaying his retrial on genocide charges. 

Texas fights lawsuit over immigrant children birth certificates

Jul 22, 2015

Texas health officials on Wednesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by immigrant parents who were denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children because local authorities refused to recognize as valid certain forms of identification. 

NYC touts immigrant Unaccompanied Minors Initiative

Jul 21, 2015

All unaccompanied immigrant minors who have reached New York City illegally have access to free legal representation as part of a program that local officials hope will serve as a model throughout the United States

Guatemala's big corruption scandal, explained

Jul 20, 2015
Trade Portal, Constitution Square, Guatemala City. Photo credit: Fernando Reyes Palencia. Taken on November 13, 2013. CC BY-SA 2.0 vía Wikimedia Commons

Guatemala's probe into corrupt dealings by its customs authority has shaken the nation and arguably threatened the presidency. How did this corrupt network manage to steal millions of dollars in kickbacks, and how did investigators manage to take them down?

UN report finds Guatemala politics funded by illegal money

Jul 17, 2015

A quarter of the money fueling Guatemalan politics comes from criminal organizations, primarily drug traffickers, according to a report released Thursday by a United Nations commission. 

Cuba 1-0 over Guatemala, advances at Gold Cup 4 players short

Jul 15, 2015

Maikel Reyes scored on a header in the 73rd minute to lift Cuba to a 1-0 win over Guatemala on Wednesday night in the CONCAF Gold Cup. 

Mexico in 0-0 draw with Guatemala at CONCACAF Gold Cup

Jul 13, 2015

The Mexican national soccer team endured a night of frustration in front of tens of thousands of its fans.