📰 Child Separation
: Top federal officials were the architects behind the zero-tolerance policy that took children away from their parents
, according to new reports. // Federal prosecutors who ran a “pilot” program of family separations stated in 2017 that children younger than 12 years old should not be separated
from their parents because they would likely not be able to be reunited.
📰 Detainment & Deportation:
An updated expedited removal policy
will allow ICE officials to detain and quickly deport undocumented people without a hearing from a judge. // According to reports from the Department of Homeland Security, transferring detainees between facilities “contributed to outbreaks”
of COVID-19 across the country.
📰 Irwin County Detention Center:
After the Georgia facility’s practices caused outrage, detainees claimed that nothing has changed
for the people detained inside. More migrant women
at the Georgia facility experienced hysterectomies in detention than previously reported.
📰 At the Border:
Nearly $70 million federal dollars have been spent on border facilities (“tent courts”) built in 2019 to conduct immigration hearings, yet no immigration hearings
have taken place. // Border Patrol agents executed a federal search warrant and arrested a dozen undocumented people and volunteers
at an Arizona camp run by humanitarian organization No More Deaths.
On October 4, the government of Costa Rica withdrew its original proposals
with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after ongoing protests and blockades. Leaders of the protests will maintain the protests
and blockades as leaders have stated that they want to see “if the government complies” to withdrawing the proposal with the IMF.
📰 Mental Health:
The Ministry of Health, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social
and three public universities will study the impact of the pandemic
on the mental health of Costa Ricans.
The official statistical agency reported that unemployment in Costa Rica reached 23.2%
in the quarter from June to August, slightly lower than the immediately preceding period, but still severely impacted by the pandemic.
📰 Femicides: A group of women demonstrated
in front of the Courts of Justice in San José against the femicides that have occurred in Costa Rica, the most notable cases this year being the disappearance and murder in March of Allison Bonilla and the femicide of Dr. María Luisa Cedeño on July 20.
📰 Women’s Rights:
A group of women’s rights defenders demanded that the government allow abortions
for pregnant girls who are raped. The state criminalized abortion under any circumstances in 1997. The Amoralis Collective says women and adolescent girls are treated like second-class citizens in El Salvador. // Plan Internacional de El Salvador announced a campaign
to raise awareness for access to the internet for girls to “empower themselves” without encountering violence online.
📰 Press Freedom:
Journalist Mónica Rodríguez said in an interview
that the right to free expression and access to public information in El Salvador is at risk. The Bukele administration is funding a state-run propaganda program
“Noticiero El Salvador”
on Channel 10, where Rodríguez was recently fired.
📰 Government Workers:
Caught in conflict between the legislative and executive branches, government workers got paid after a six-day delay in payments
. Another delay in funding for cities and towns also led to demonstrations by municipal workers earlier in the week.
📰 Public Money
: El Faro reports
that the head of the Treasury (Alejandro Zelaya) refused four times to testify in congress about the use of public money intended to cope with COVID-19. The Police had the order to bring him, but did not.
: Following the death of Litzy Amelia Cordón Guardado
earlier this week, a protest was held in Guatemala City’s central plaza to protest the femicides in Guatemala. A feminist rally “Por Todas Las Que Nos Faltan” protested outside Xela’s municipal building as an act of rejection of the violence against women. Solidarity with the protests and movements was shared via social media
📰 César Montes
: Julio César Macías López “César Montes” was captured in Mexico during an Interpol investigation
. He is a former guerrilla commander of the Rebel Armed Forces (FAR) and the Guatemalan Army of the Poor (EGP). He has three arrest warrants for attempted murder, illicit association of armed persons, aggravated usurpation and murder.
📰 State of Prevention
: The state of prevention that was put in place on October 1st to deter and delay the migrant caravan into Guatemala was lifted
because “the causes behind the decree have ceased.” During this state of prevention police and military officials forcibly removed about 3,300 migrants.
: A landslide
of stones and mud in San Marcos La Laguna resulted in 4 dead and 10 injured. Various houses were destroyed and some individuals were reported missing.
While the tax injunction was emitted against Bográn for spending 100,000 lempiras in luxury hotels from public funds
, he is also being accused for the misappropriation of public funds in the purchase of seven mobile hospitals valued at 47.4 million dollars. The latter accusation has not received any legal action.
The National Congress of Honduras approved $850 million
in sovereign bonds to allegedly finance the 2020 fiscal deficit. Economist Hugo Pino regretted that no detailed justification
had been presented for this new incurred debt, which brings Honduras to close to 16 billion dollars in debt.
The construction of the “Prospera Model City”
on the Bay Islands, Roatan, continues despite claims by property and rights defense agencies and municipal authorities. Nearly a month ago, residents of the Crawfish Rock community had managed to evict a foreign investor and his security guards.
📰 Garifuna Communities
: The Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (Ofraneh) denounced that armed men entered Vallecito
, Garifuna ancestral territory this week. // Nearly three months have passed since five Garífuna men were forcibly disappeared
from their homes by armed men wearing police uniforms. Their whereabouts are still unknown.
: The US sanctions
two top Nicaraguan officials and one financial institution based on corruption. // The European Parliament threatens to apply sanctions
to Nicaragua if laws on cyber crimes, control of fake news and the registration of national citizens as “foreign agents” are passed.
📰 Mental Health:
The Pan American Health Organization requests Panamanian authorities to strengthen their efforts regarding mental health
, especially amidst the pandemic
The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Panama has donated health prevention sanitary items and supplies
to Panamanian indigenous communities through the Panama Tourism Authority.