central america

Soldiers monitor a protest in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Dec. 15, 2017. (Delmer Membreno/Picture-Alliance/DPA/AP)

Trump Is Sending Guns South as Migrants Flee North

The administration’s push to weaken oversight of gun exports could worsen the Central American refugee crisis.

Women march during International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Nov. 26, 2018. (Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

El Salvador Kills Women as the U.S. Shrugs

Washington helped start an epidemic of violence against women in Central America. Now it’s washing its hands of the problem.

Undocumented migrants climb on a train known as La Bestia in Las Patronas, Veracruz state, Mexico, to travel through Mexico to reach the United States on Aug. 9, 2018. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico Isn’t Helping Refugees. It’s Depriving Them of Their Rights.

The humanitarian visas offered to migrants don’t allow them to work, study, or receive benefits while letting the Mexican government duck its responsibilities under international law.

Nayib Bukele (second from right), his wife, Gabriela Rodríguez (right), and Vice President-elect Félix Ulloa (second from left) celebrate after Bukele won the Salvadoran presidential election in San Salvador on Feb. 3. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

Can El Salvador’s New President Fix What’s Driving Citizens Out?

Nayib Bukele won in a landslide. Now, he needs new policies to reduce violence in his country.

Demonstrators hold up a giant doggie biscuit reading “corruption” during a rally in support of the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala City on Jan. 12. (Orlando Estrada/AFP/Getty Images)

Guatemala’s ‘Slow-Motion Coup’ Rolls Onward

The continuing crackdown on a corruption investigatory body could allow impunity to flourish ahead of this year’s elections.

Central American migrants—mostly Honduran—taking part in a caravan to the United States through central Mexico on Nov. 11.(Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Pay to Stay?

Why U.S. aid to Central America has not eased the flow of migrants.

Posters depicting slain Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres are carried during an International Women's day demonstration in Tegucigalpa on March 8, 2016. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

Honduran Activist’s Murder Trial Addresses Symptoms, Not Causes, of Violence

Seven men were convicted in the 2016 killing of environmental activist Berta Cáceres, but real accountability—and remedies for the corruption and insecurity plaguing Honduras—lag far behind.

Wind mills of the National Power and Light Company in Santa Ana, Costa Rica, on Oct. 23, 2015. (Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images)

Costa Rica’s War on Climate Change

On the podcast: How a tiny Central American country became a leader in reducing carbon emissions.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the White House to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to terminate temporary protected status for citizens of Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 9. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

How One Top Diplomat Took a Stand Against Trump’s Immigration Policy

The under secretary of state feared that canceling the temporary protected status for some immigrants would be a blight on U.S. foreign policy.

Santos Rodriguez, a 70-year-old Honduran, walks through a cornfield affected by the drought in San Buenaventura on Aug. 15. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

The Hungry Caravan

Violence isn’t the only reason migrants are fleeing Central America. A four-year drought has destroyed harvests and lives—and has pushed the hungry northward.

Anti-government demonstrators hold a protest demanding Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, to stand down, in Managua on May 26, 2018.

Can Nicaragua’s Military Prevent a Civil War?

President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on protests has driven the country to the brink. If the violence escalates, it could spark a refugee crisis and destabilize all of Central America.

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