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Dear readers, Welcome back to another week of Central American news! This week, networks of solidarit
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Your Central American news
By Central American News • Issue #37 • View online
Dear readers,
Welcome back to another week of Central American news!
This week, networks of solidarity for Central American migrants in the U.S. have been reported in the news, as well as multiple cases of abuse in immigration detention centers.
In Nicaragua, the political dialogue between the government and Alianza Cívica knows highs and lows - and on Friday March 29, the government agreed to free all political prisoners and respect fundamental human rights.
The U.S. and the countries of the “Northern Triangle” are planning on increasing police cooperation to stem migration.
Journalism in Honduras is having a difficult time as David Romero has been charged 10 years in prison for defamation and arrested on the premises of his radio station, a week after the murder of a TV reporter. Women of the Bríbrí community in Costa Rica pledged to keep the legacy of their murdered leader, Sergio Rojas, alive.
El Salvador’s former president Mauricio Funes now has a fifth arrest warrant against him, this time for tax evasion. President-elect Nayib Bukele promised to rapidly extradite him from Nicaragua once he is in office.
Belize has joined a statement issued by Caribbean countries to counter their placement on the European Union’s “tax haven” blacklist.
Panama continues to do good business with China, and China assures that its commercial moves do not involve geopolitical calculations.
Have a great weekend.
Salú,
Melissa

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Headlines
Migration
📰 El Paso: Hundreds of migrants are under a bridge in El Paso, in a makeshift camp, waiting to be processed. 750 Border Patrol officers to be reassigned there
📰 Detention: Guatemalan father is suing two nonprofits that hold migrant children after his 10-year-old son claimed he was drugged and sexually assaulted while in custody // Transgender and gay migrants reported abuse and discrimination in a New Mexico detention facility // Detained immigrants at River Correctional Detention Center launched hunger strike to protest mistreatment and denial of bond and parole
📰 Border: Trump threatened to close U.S.-Mexico border if Mexico does not halt migration “immediately” // Pentagon took $1 billion from the military build border fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border // Homeland Security warned that the immigration system is at a “breaking point” // A migrant caravan of near 1,200 Central Americans and Cubans is moving towards the U.S. border from southern Mexico
Central America
📰 Police: U.S. and “Northern Triangle” agreed on joint police operations in Central America to stem the flow of migrants // Activists question Central American-U.S. joint security cooperation
📰 Foreign Aid: White House does not know whether to give foreign aid to Central America, as officials are uncertain about what Trump wants to do with it
Belize
📰 Referendum: PM Barrow defended the right of Belizeans to vote NO to the ICJ referendum while still encouraging citizens to vote YES on April 10. The referendum will decide whether the International Court of Justice will handle Belize and Guatemala’s land dispute. Belizeans in Diaspora will not be allowed to vote.
Guatemala
📰  Crime: Guatemala dismantled “Los Patrones”, a ring of police officers working as drug dealers and hitmen
📰 Corruption: Businessman Luis Gómez is prosecuted for illicit association, money laundering, and embezzlement with the help of the Public Prosecutor and CICIG // Guatemalan Supreme Court judge Blanca Aida Stalling Davila is barred from entering the U.S. because of her alleged corruption
📰 Accident:  A trailer truck on Guatemala Highway crashed into a  crowd, killing at  least 18 people in Nahuala, Solola
📰  Jakelin Caal: Autopsy found that 7-year-old Guatemalan girl Jakelin Caal Maquin died of a bacterial infection while detained by the U.S. Border Patrol in December 2018
Honduras
📰 U.S. Relations: National Security Advisor of the United States met with Honduran president to discuss Venezuela, security measures, and migration. // U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson re-introduced the Berta Caceres Human Rights Act, which would suspend military aid to Honduras until the Honduran government investigates credible allegations of gross human rights violations by their security forces
📰 Israel: Honduran president announced the opening of a commercial office in Jerusalem to “improve relations and strengthen partnerships” between the two countries
El Salvador
📰 Politics: President-elect Nayib Bukele wants to be inaugurated as president in a public ceremony and faces opposition as it is deemed anti-constitutional // The FMLN party prepares for their internal elections on June 16 as the party seeks to reshape itself
📰 Energy: El Salvador’s is building its first natural gas plant, which will supply 30% of the country’s energy consumption
📰 Civil war: Families of Dutch journalists murdered in 1982 asked to investigate the crime
Nicaragua
📰 National Dialogue: Opposition Group Alianza Cívica wants “negotiations” with the government to end on April 3, setting the definitive timetable for release of all prisoners, electoral reforms and date of next elections // On Friday, the government agreed to free prisoners and signed an agreement with the Alianza Cívica in which they pledge to respect the right to demonstrate, freedom of the press, freedom of expression, the return of legal status, the cessation of arbitrary detentions and the disarmament of paramilitaries
📰  Press: Customs have been retaining the paper and ink destined for national newspapers for six months and have not been responding to media claims
📰 Cuba: Since January, Cubans can enter Nicaragua more easily, and may be using this visa to travel through Nicaragua and reach the U.S. to plead for asylum
Costa Rica
📰  Climate: Costa Rica, the European Union and national, regional and international development banks, met to analyze challenges regarding financing climate change projects
📰  Indigenous peoples: Bribrí women gather to commemorate Sergio Rojas, who was murdered last week, and vow to keep his fight alive
Panama
📰 Investment: Panamanian businesspeople are interested in investing in Cuba, according to Chamber of Commerce of Cuba // Dubai eyes new opportunities in Panama and a high-level trade delegation will visit the country in April
📰 China: Panama will be able to export meat to China, an achievement described as “historic” by the government // This is one of the developments ahead of the fifth round of negotiations for a free-trade agreement with China, to kick-off in April // The Chinese Ambassador stated that China is is not playing “power games” with the U.S. by developing relations with Panama
📰 Economy:  According to Development Bank of Latin America, Panama is the second most productive country in Latin America.
📰 Diplomacy: Panama and Togo established diplomatic relations.
Good Reads
📚 An uplifting story on the underground network of volunteers in Arizona who house Central American asylum seekers, on PRI. And another story on how Japanese-American activists are showing solidarity to separated families by joining a nonviolent protest with origami paper cranes, or tsuru, reported by NBC.
📚 Los Angeles Times writes a beautiful review of the memoir written by activist and writer Carolyn Forché, filled with poetry, about her travels to El Salvador at the beginning of the civil war.
📚 Nómada went deep into Guatemala City’s evangelical rehab centers where the “aim is to ‘cure’ patients of their addiction to alcohol or drugs, or homosexuality, through violence and the 'word of God’.” (in Spanish).
📚 A Nicaraguan woman tells her story of depression after Nicaragua’s 2018 political crisis and exile in Mexico. A first-person narrative on Niú. (in Spanish).
📚 Researchers examine how personally knowing someone who has been deported can negatively impact children’s referral/diagnoses with a developmental disorder. On Latino Rebels.
📚 A story on Central American LGBT people who have found refuge at Casa Ruby in Washington D.C., on Washington Blade.
Multimedia
📺 Throwback: Gen R from AJ+ featured a short documentary about the family of Jakelin Caal after her death in U.S. immigrant detention.
🎧 A podcast discusses immigration reporter Laura Markham’s book “The Faraway Brothers” about two brothers’ journey from El Salvador to Oakland, California.
📷 A few photos from the Nicaraguan exhibit “Women Seen by Women,” by emerging photographers on Niú. One of the photographers co-founded Nicagrafía, an account inspired by Humans of New York.
🎧 In Costa Rica, street harassment is an issue. Tico Times reporter Alissa Grosskopf talks to experts and men on the street to figure out why they do it, how to fight it and what happens when you do. On Tico Times.
Fact
El Salvador celebrates the fact that 10 boroughs in San Salvador, the capital, are literate. The alphabetization program has started under the presidency of Mauricio Funes. Source.
Photo of the Day
"¡Viva la juventud!" A photo from the instagram account of Nicagrafía (link in photo).
"¡Viva la juventud!" A photo from the instagram account of Nicagrafía (link in photo).
Presenting Isabeau J. Belisle Dempsey, Belize Curator
I am a half-Belizean student attending Seattle University for International Studies. I'm passionate about giving Central Americans platforms for our voices, whether it be for political issues or creative endeavors! In the future, I aim to do grassroots community outreach working with other Central Americans, both in the US and in Central America.
I am a half-Belizean student attending Seattle University for International Studies. I'm passionate about giving Central Americans platforms for our voices, whether it be for political issues or creative endeavors! In the future, I aim to do grassroots community outreach working with other Central Americans, both in the US and in Central America.
The Team
Melissa Vida, Head Curator and Editor
Nansi Rodríguez, Guatemala Curator
Rodrigo Peñalba, Nicaragua Curator
Jonathan Peraza, Migration Curator
Jalileh García, Honduras Curator
Andree Pena Centes, El Salvador Curator
Mariana Rodriguez-Pareja, Panama Curator
Rachel Osorio, Costa Rica Curator
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