Guatemala Enters A State Of Siege After Military Murders

This past week, the Guatemalan government called for a national state emergency after the murder of three military personnel. Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales suspects these murders are by drug traffickers attempting to pass through towards Mexico and eventually to the U.S.. The state of emergency suspends the rights of assembly, […]

Alejandro Giammattei Is Declared President Of Guatemala Following A Disillusioning Race

As results from more than 90 percent of polling stations rolled in, conservative candidate for the Vamos party have declared victory with almost 60 percent of votes compared to opponent Sandra Torres’ 40 percent, reports Yahoo News. As Guatemalans headed to the polls to pick the country’s next president, the […]

Gender Inequities In The Global Coffee Supply Chain

Global coffee consumption is on the rise with trade statistics from the International Coffee Organization (ICO) indicating world coffee exports have grown from 9.13 million bags in 2016 to 10.9 million bags in 2019. In the recent decade, women’s role in the global coffee supply chain has gained traction as […]

Trump Administration’s New Rule Ends Asylum Seeking At Southern Border

As the Trump Administration continues their attempts to limit the influx of refugees entering the U.S.-Mexico border, the President has made the controversial decision of reversing decades of U.S. policy by ending asylum protection for migrants arriving at this common point of entry. The announcement came on Monday July 15, stating […]

Inhumane Living Conditions Of Migrant children In Yuma Detention Center Spark Public Concern

The United States maintains the largest undocumented immigration detention infrastructures in the world. There were an estimated 363 or more detention sites in operation within 2007-2009. Children constitute the largest migrant population, and even though the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has not been open to publicizing up-to-date figures of […]

Arrest In Guatemala Highlights Longstanding Calls For Indigenous Justice

General elections held in Guatemala on 16 June became the venue for a high-profile arrest that signified—at least in part—justice for the Maya Ixil people, many of whom lost loved ones in a 1982 genocide under the dictator, Efrain Rios Montt. The 36-year Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996), during which 80 […]

What You Need To Know About Guatemala’s Impending Election

As two weeks have elapsed in Guatemala’s presidential campaign season, the presidential candidacies of the three predicted front runners are all hanging in the balance. It now remains within the power of the Constitutional Court to confirm or deny their legitimacy as uncertainty reigns within the nation. Iduvina Hernandez Batres, […]

Indigenous Xinka March Against Guatemalan Silver Mine

On Tuesday, hundreds of indigenous Xinkas marched through Guatemala City to protest the contravention of a Constitutional Court ruling regarding the operation of a local mine. Last September, the court found that the establishment process of the mine in 2013, 75km Southeast of Guatemala City, failed to meet its obligation […]

Guatemala To Withdraw From UN Anti-Corruption Body

On January 7th the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Sandra Jovel, announced the nation’s withdrawal from the UN supported anti-corruption commission and gave the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) staff 24 hours to leave the country.  In August of 2018, Morales announced that the mandate of the anti-corruption body would not be […]

Child Migrant In Custody At Mexico-U.S. Border Dies

Last week it was announced that on Thursday, December 6 a seven-year-old girl from Guatemala died after spending eight hours in U.S. border control custody. The young girl and her father had crossed the border illegally the previous week but the two handed themselves over to authorities on December 6. Border […]