📰 Irwin County Detention Center
: The Trump administration is deporting women
who accused a gynecologist of nonconsensual procedures at Irwin County Detention Center.
📰 Migrant Advocacy
: Migrants detained at a California detention center filed documents
to support their request for the U.S. District Court to oversee a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility. // Immigrant justice advocates are speaking out
over President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Cecilia Munoz for his transition team, awakening tensions from the Obama immigration policy era.
📰 Migrant Policies
: Mexico will stop holding
migrant children in detention facilities after new policy changes. // Federal judge states that Chad Wolf’s suspension of the DACA program
is unlawful given his unlawful appointment as chief of Homeland Security. // As legal counsel has reduced, asylum denial rates in the U.S. reached a record high
of 71.6% in fiscal year 2020 with biases against migrants of color.
Belgium chartered flight deported
77 Salvadoran asylum seekers back to El Salvador. The Belgian government claims they were voluntary returns.
: Although Eta is less devastating than many past disasters, such as Hurricane Mitch– which in 1998 killed more than 11,000 people in Central America–Eta adds to the misery caused by the pandemic and may lead to more COVID-19 cases
📰 Human Trafficking:
After eight months of police investigation, official sources in San José revealed an international criminal network
and human trafficking organization. It was dismantled by the Professional Migration Police.
The government of Costa Rica announced a new category of asylum
for asylum seekers from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela that will provide permits to live in Costa Rica for a period of two years that can be extended.
Costa Rica has become the first country in Central America to be awarded $54.1 million
by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in non-reimbursable funds for the protection of the country’s forests in recognition of the country’s achievements in reducing emissions.
📰 Tropical Storm lota:
Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Saturday placed the entire country under weather alerts
as it forecast indirect effects from tropical storm lota.
El Salvador officials are monitoring Tropical Storm Iota
. The country’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources expects the storm system’s strongest impact to hit the north and east parts of the country.
The Central American University opened a memorial exhibit titled “Martirio”
paying tribute to the Jesuits killed during El Salvador’s civil war in 1989. This comes after the Supreme Court ordered to close the criminal cases in October.
📰 Andres Guardado:
Los Angeles County coroner’s officials announced that they will conduct an independent inquest
into the killing of Salvadoran American Andres Guardado by sheriff’s deputies last year.
📰 U.S. Deportations
: Throughout the pandemic, the United States has been deporting unaccompanied children to Guatemala. Since March more than 1,400 unaccompanied children have been deported
. Meanwhile, in 2019 the U.S. deported 385 children.
📰 Land Theft
: 40 Indigenous Maya Q’eqchi families are facing eviction
after occupying land in Chitún, Tucurú, Alta Verapaz since July 2020. They are trying to reclaim their ancestral lands that were taken from them by the Santa Teresa hydro-electric project.
: Weekly Saturday protests against corruption in Guatemala’s capital continue. Citizens met to ask President Giammattei “where is the money?”
, regarding the government’s management of COVID-19 and Hurricane Eta.
📰 Hurricane Iota:
Tropical Storm Iota is expected
to become a major hurricane with the possibility of exacerbating conditions in Honduras. The National Hurricane Center indicated that there is a risk of dangerous winds, storm surge, and rainfall
in Honduras and Nicaragua beginning on Nov. 16. Government authorities issued a red alert
throughout the country. Evacuations have begun
in different areas of the country, including in La Lima
, one of the worst-hit areas due to Hurricane Eta.
📰 Eta Aftermaths
: More than 2.9 million people
have been affected by Hurricane Eta in Honduras. The construction of hydroelectric plants has contributed to the inundations
suffered in the Sula Valley, because of a lack of effective planning and economic interests. In Chamelecon,
San Pedro Sula, many families and businesses lost everything
while their buildings are still filled with mud.
In the El Cajon hydroelectric power plant, water is being discharged
in a controlled manner due to rainfall accumulated in the Eta storm.
The government promised millions of dollars to help small businesses, but the majority of the money benefitted private banks
, large companies, and mid-size companies.
📰 Life Sentence
: Nicaragua’s National Assembly gave initial legislative approval to a constitutional reform establishing the penalty of life
imprisonment. The European Parliament called for heavier sanctions. A delegation of Nicaraguan victims and human rights organizations met
at the European Parliament on Nov. 16 to discuss the situation.
📰 Hurricane Iota
: President Cortizo has announced the activation of emergency operations centers in preparation
for Hurricane Iota.
📰 Budget Cuts
: The National Secretariat of Science and Technology of Panama (SENACYT) received $43.6 million USD for their 2021 budget, $12 million USD less from the previous year. Ciencia en Panamá, a science non-profit, has expressed concerns over SENACYT’s budget cuts
indicating a lack of government interest in supporting scientific processes.