Nicaragua Total Abortion Ban Challenged by Cancer Patient
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/24/2010 - 09:00

Nicaragua’s total abortion ban is being challenged by a cancer patient who wants to terminate her pregnancy so that she can receive treatment. Doctors at the state hospital in Leon (55 miles west of Managua) have refused to give her medical care because it would harm the 10-week-old fetus. The local paper La Prensa then published the patient’s sister’s request bringing the case to the public’s attention.


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Day Laborers in California Sue for Right to Solicit Work
By Mariela Rosario | 02/04/2010 - 17:00

Day laborers in Costa Mesa, California have filed a lawsuit against the city after police dressed in plain clothes posed as employers and subsequently arrested dozens of workers attempting to solicit jobs. Costa Mesa, a small city about 35 miles outside of Los Angeles, passed an ordinance outlawing work solicitation in 2005. They also managed to shut down a labor center that served as a popular gathering spot for day laborers looking for work and have since stepped up enforcement of the ordinance as well as of their immigration laws with the help of federal agents.


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Amnesty International Accuses Mexican Army of Torture
By Mariela Rosario | 12/09/2009 - 10:00

In a report released yesterday, Amnesty International accused the Mexican Army of committing numerous human rights violations, including torture and forced dissapearances in the country's ongoing war against the drug cartels. The human rights watchdog group also accuses local authorities of ignoring the abuses and failure to investigate the allegations.


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Man Says His Brazilian Husband Denied U.S. Asylum
By Mariela Rosario | 10/28/2009 - 11:33

Tim Coco, 48, married and bought a house with his lover, Brazilian Genesio "Junior" Oliveira, 30, back in 2005 in Massachusetts. But their honeymoon period was cut short when Oliveira was denied asylum and forced to return to Brazil. 


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Second Investigator Is Murdered in Unsolved Mexican Journalist Case
By Latina Staff | 08/28/2009 - 13:55

The New York Times reported today that gunmen in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, killed the aide of a federal agent investigating the death of a crime reporter, just a month after the first agent assigned to the case was shot dead.


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Manu Chao Investigated By Mexican Government
By Mariela Rosario | 04/08/2009 - 16:45

While visiting Mexico City during the Guadalajara Film Festival last week, Manu Chao made some statements concerning the 2006 uprising that occurred in San Salvador Atenco, a town just a few miles north east of the capital. Referring to a protest by flower-sellers against a local commercial development—which was met by fierce resistance by the Mexican police and fueled riots—the singer told journalists, "What happened in Atenco was, in some way, state terrorism."


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The Steep Price of Immigration for Latin American Women
By Mariela Rosario | 03/17/2009 - 14:15

After the overwhelming response to the article about rape trees published last week, we decided to take a more in-depth look at the perils women face as they attempt to immigrate into America. The journey is dangerous—from the malevolent coyotes transporting their human cargo, to the harsh conditions faced in the desert—and many women are realistic about crossing the border.


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