📰 Immigration Policy:
A federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to restrict asylum
for LGBTQ+ migrants through a new set of rules. // The incoming administration will focus on immigration reform
, according to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. This would include faster processes to obtain citizenship, protection for undocumented workers, and reducing backlogs in immigration court hearings.
: According to a recent report, detained migrants did not have access to soap
as COVID-19 spread throughout ICE detention centers.
📰 Border Wall:
In his first appearance since his followers attacked the U.S. Capitol, Trump arrived in Alamo, Texas, to visit the border wall
construction, one of his most well-known policies.
📰 Migrant Caravan:
Another migrant caravan from Honduras has embarked on the journey
northward after COVID-19, recent hurricanes, and economic insecurity have diminished opportunities in the country.
📰 Migrant Caravan
: Approximately 9,000 people left
Honduras last week, fleeing the dire situation
of instability, lack of economic opportunities, and the devastation caused by COVID-19 and the two hurricanes – Eta and Iota.
: Over 250 people have died
due to COVID-19 in the first two weeks of the year, assured the Association of Funeral Homes.
: Over a million jobs
have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the two hurricanes Eta and Iota. Almost half of these jobs were lost in the small businesses sector.
📰 Criminalization of Abortion
: Two weeks after abortion was decriminalized in Argentina, Honduran Congressman Mario Pérez presented a bill in the National Congress that seeks to deny that abortion could be legalized
in the country, even if the constitution were to be changed.
: Militarization and checkpoints were set up to block incoming migrants and about six hundred migrants were detained.
Approximately 1,000 people were sent back to Honduras.
: Community members in the department of Retalhuleu will face a trial
for alleged charges of threats and coercion for defending the rivers that are being diverted due to the sugar mills in the area.
📰 Delia Leal:
Delia Leal, human rights defender and pastor was detained on December 29, 2020 in Cobán. She was being accused of human trafficking in relation to the alleged disappearance of two girls whom she supported; these charges were officially dropped
after her hearing on January 11th.
: Prime Minister Briceño called on the current chairman of the Election and Boundaries Commission to resign due to his affiliation
with United People’s Party
📰 COVID-19 vaccines:
The Costa Rican Social Security Fund reports that nearly 25,000 vaccinations
against COVID-19 have been applied since Costa Rica started administering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on December 24, 2020.
Costa Rica, along with other countries, launched the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC) with the goal to preserve 30% of the planet’s biodiversity by 2030
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and travel restrictions in 2020, only 1.01 million visitors arrived in Costa Rica. During 2020, tourism fell by 68%
compared to 2019, when 3.14 million arrived.
: The #TodoPanamá
movement just launched its new COVID-19 virtual assistant. // The Pan-American Health Organization report indicates that Panama is among the countries in the region that applies the most diagnostics tests
to its population.
📰 Security Exercises
: The U.S. embassy in Panama announced that from 21 January to 1 February security teams from both countries will jointly carry out humanitarian rescue exercises
: The Panamanian Ministry of Education officialized the 2021 school calendar. Classes will be commencing virtually on 1 March
📰 Peace Accords:
Salvadorans who fought on both sides of the civil war celebrated
the 29th anniversary of the Peace Accords together for the first time. Former combatants and activists denounced President Nayib Bukele’s statements that the accords were a “farce.”
📰 Indigenous Rights:
A court in Santa Ana filed a complaint
against the government’s planned Nueva Nahuizalco II dam on the Sensunapán river in Sonsonate, a sacred site for the Nahuat. Indigenous communities call it a “death project.”
📰 El Mozote:
A court ordered
the inspection of documents and correspondence kept by the Archdiocese of El Salvador involving El Mozote massacre that killed nearly 1,000 people in 1981.
📰 Climate Response:
A project led by the United Nations Environment Programme and local organizations plans to turn San Salvador into a “sponge city.”
The City Adapt project intends to reduce the risk of flooding for 115,000 people by 2022.
📰 Terrorism charges:
U.S. prosecutors announced
terrorism charges against top MS-13 leaders imprisoned in El Salvador. The accused may be brought to New York to face prosecution.