When people like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas blame the current surge in Central American immigrants on the Obama administration's "lax" immigration policies, they just don't know what they're talking about.
Please wake up, America: US immigration policies have little or nothing to do with the growing Central American refugee crisis, now being driven by children trying to escape the violence in their countries and avoid being forcibly recruited by gangs and cartels.
More than 1,100 Central American kids are currently being held at a US Customs and Border Protection facility in Nogales, Texas. This number will quickly grow, as more than 400 children are trying to cross the border daily.
Everyone has heard of fracking these days -- that dreadful and dangerous practice of drilling and injecting chemical-laden fluid into the ground at a ...
Photos by: Ryan Suffern On June 2, 1982, armed members of the Guatemalan military walked into the village of Pambach. They separated men from the wom...
The past week, we have been busy traveling and experiencing more of the culture here in Pana and in the towns around the lake.
Sylvia, a community health worker in Guatemala, helps mothers in her community to treat diarrhoea with zinc and ORS.In poorer countries and communitie...
Foreign assistance is much maligned in the US, especially in periods of fiscal constraint. It is a shame that foreign aid's detractors do not understand that it is clearly in the US national interest to improve economic conditions and reduce violence in countries like Guatemala and Honduras.
Stories are powerful. We define ourselves by the stories we tell. When they are positive, they can empower us. When they are desolate, they can make us feel insecure or question ourselves.
Children are by definition vulnerable. That's particularly true for girls and boys journeying alone, under unsafe circumstances, often fleeing violence. Mexico and the US have an obligation to apply the international principle of the "best interests of the child" as the gold standard for all dealings with underage migrants.
While all the treks offered by Quetzaltrekkers would make any avid trekker start packing, I had limited time and chose to do the three day, two night journey from Quetzaltenango (a.k.a. Xela) to the gorgeous Lago Atitlán.
While most of my global health films on women and girls are used as tools to advocate for increased awareness of an issue, increased funding or better legislation, I will be using PODER! as a tool to advocate for more leadership training to ensure girls can advocate for their own causes, their own funding and impact legislation in their own communities.
Claudia Paz y Paz sits at the center of the struggle for justice in Guatemala. As the public prosecutor, or national attorney general, she has launched investigations and prosecutions that have put both drug lords and war criminals in jail. But she has been told to step down in May.
Consider this a Public Service Announcement... Broad style! Because it's last minute, I'm thinking cheap, fun and NO STAY-CATIONS! Especially not when it's snowy and freezing out. Unless you live by a ski resort. But even then.
Human rights defenders began to gather names and details of massacres before there was any chance of prosecuting Guatemala's leaders and security forces for atrocities.
Diarrhea may not be glamorous, but the rotavirus vaccine is a shining star in the public health world.