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At a playground in San Francisco, Deisy Ramírez reflects on how she found safety here after fleeing captivity in Guatemala

For immigrants fleeing gender-based violence, it’s a long road to asylum in the US

Thousands of people are pursuing protection from gender-based violence in a US asylum system that was gutted during the presidency of Donald Trump and has been only partially restored by President Joe Biden. Deisy Ramírez was one of them, trying to escape an abusive, forced marriage in Guatemala.

For immigrants fleeing gender-based violence, it’s a long road to asylum in the US
Honduran migrants Bianca Emerita Galvan, 22, left, and Dani Omar Suazo, 21, holding their son 1-year-old sone Daniel Emir, arrive at El Ceibo, Guatemala, Aug. 12, 2021, after being deported by air from the US to Mexico and then shipped into Guatemala by l

Mexico expels Central American migrants to rural Guatemala

Mexico expels Central American migrants to rural Guatemala
Mayan stone ruins in a field of foliage

Scientists turn to the ancient Mayans for lessons on sustainability

Scientists turn to the ancient Mayans for lessons on sustainability
A box containing stacks of cash with a 50 note stack from New Zealand on top

Hundreds arrested in massive global crime sting

Hundreds arrested in massive global crime sting
Harris at the podium in Guatemala on a diplomatic visit

Addressing migration requires long-term commitment, says analyst on Harris visit to Guatemala

Addressing migration requires long-term commitment, says analyst on Harris visit to Guatemala
In this Oct. 30, 2020, file photo, Mark Andollina, left, and Shane Holder, remove part of a roof damaged by Hurricane Zeta

Hurricane season arrives early this year. Are authorities prepared?

Emergency management specialists are bracing for an early — and intense — hurricane season. 

Hurricane season arrives early this year. Are authorities prepared?
A pregnant person wearing a red shirt holds her belly, wearing a face mask and gloves.

For pregnant women, getting the COVID-19 jab is a challenging choice

Information on vaccines for pregnant women differs, depending on the country. Making the choice to get the shot while pregnant can get complicated, explains Valerie Fernández, who faced the decision herself in Arizona.

For pregnant women, getting the COVID-19 jab is a challenging choice
Huge green pipes on sandy ground against a dark blue sky

Latin American and Caribbean countries use volcanic landscapes to tap geothermal energy

Global capacity for geothermal energy has nearly doubled over the past two decades.

Latin American and Caribbean countries use volcanic landscapes to tap geothermal energy
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is shown wearing a dark suit and purple tie with the logo for the White House behind him.

Homeland Security chief defends US handling of migrant increase at border

Faced with a rising number of migrants at the southwest border and criticism from all sides, the Biden administration's head of Homeland Security insisted Tuesday that the situation is under control as he defended a policy of allowing children crossing by themselves to remain in the country.

Homeland Security chief defends US handling of migrant increase at border
Dora Melara is an attorney working for Justice in Motion, a US-based nonprofit. She took a road trip recently to track down some family members separated at the US border.

This Honduran lawyer reunites families separated at the US-Mexico border. It involves difficult road trips — and detective work.

So far, much of the burden of finding families has been on nonprofits and lawyers like Dora Melara, who often start with very little information and have to rely on the kindness of strangers to track people down. 

This Honduran lawyer reunites families separated at the US-Mexico border. It involves difficult road trips — and detective work.
A man is shown holding a sign that reads "Not 1 more deportation" while speaking to Joe Biden who is holding a microphone.

Biden expands quick bid to undo Trump's immigration policies

The Biden administration on Tuesday announced steps to address harm to thousands of families that were separated at the US-Mexico border, expanding efforts to quickly undo relentless changes to immigration policy over the last four years.

Biden expands quick bid to undo Trump's immigration policies
A Honduran migrant woman carries a child on her back as they travel with other migrants by foot along a highway in Chiquimula, Guatemala,  Jan. 16, 2021, in hopes of reaching the U.S. border

How the Biden administration might undo some of Trump's immigration policies

The incoming Biden administration has said it will overturn policies such as the bilateral agreements the Trump administration made with Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to keep asylum-seekers away from the US-Mexico border.

How the Biden administration might undo some of Trump's immigration policies
Alexei Navalny and his wife Yuliastand are shown wearing face masks and standing next to each other with a mobile phone also showing them in the near ground.

Poisoned opposition leader Navalny arrested in Moscow; Migrants stopped in Guatemala; Bobi Wine's opposition party rejects Museveni win

A judge in Russia has ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny be jailed for 30 days. And, a large group of migrants from Honduras headed to the US were violently met with tear gas and batons early Sunday as they tried to make their way through Guatemala. Also, Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine and his party have dismissed the elections results as “fraud.”

Poisoned opposition leader Navalny arrested in Moscow; Migrants stopped in Guatemala; Bobi Wine's opposition party rejects Museveni win
A large crowd of people are shown in conflict with security officials wearing military fatigues and helmets in a road.

Guatemala forces stall migrants with tear gas, batons

Guatemalan police and soldiers launched tear gas and wielded batons and shields against a group of Honduran migrants that tried to push through their roadblock early Sunday.

Guatemala forces stall migrants with tear gas, batons
Children line up to enter a a temporary shelter in Florida, Feb. 2019.

545 migrant children still separated from families; Nigerian protesters break curfew; Nagorno-Karabakh beset by coronavirus

Immigration lawyers representing families that were separated upon entering the US at the southern border say 545 children remain completely cut off from their parents, protesters in Nigeria’s biggest city appeared to break an around-the-clock curfew amid widespread chaos, and with fresh clashes continuing in Nagorno-Karabakh, the coronavirus is spreading unchecked.

545 migrant children still separated from families; Nigerian protesters break curfew; Nagorno-Karabakh beset by coronavirus