Mother of Hate Crime Victim Marcelo Lucero Demands Justice
By Mariela Rosario | 04/02/2009 - 14:15

Rosario Lucero hadn't seen her son Marcelo in 14 years, since the day he left his native Ecuador for the United States, determined to make a better life for his family. Ever since then she says she's been “counting the hours, the minutes” until she could see him again.

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Obama Considers Moving Troops to Mexico Border
By Mariela Rosario | 03/12/2009 - 14:45

President Barack Obama spoke out about the recent violence that has enveloped our neighbor to the south and has begun to spill over from Mexico into the United States. He admitted that he has been weighing the possibility of moving National Guard troops to the border in an effort to contain the violence but ruled out immediate military action.

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1,500 Mexican Troops Move into Ciudad Juarez
By Mariela Rosario | 03/05/2009 - 16:05

Ciudad Juarez has become synonymous with the violence and crime committed by the Mexican drug cartels. Over the past several years, countless numbers of women have disappeared or been killed, and in 2008 alone, two thousand people were murdered. Mexican officials moved 1,500 soldiers into the region to try to regain control of the city and say they plan on having 7,000 in place by the end of the week.

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13-Year-Old Kills Older Brother to Take Over Family Drug Dealing Business
By Mariela Rosario | 03/04/2009 - 16:00

7th grader Mykel Mendes is being accused by Massachusetts Police of masterminding a plot that left his 17-year-old brother Jordan dead. Authorities are saying that the murder was fueled by Mykel’s jealousy of Jordan, who, following the arrest of their father Manuel Mendes, was left to take over the lucrative family drug dealing business.

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Indictment in Jose Sucuzhañay Hate Crime Murder
By Mariela Rosario | 03/04/2009 - 13:05

Hakim Scott, 25, and Keith Phoenix, 28, were indicted on charges of second-degree murder as a hate crime in the beating death of Jose Sucuzhañay, and first-degree assault as a hate crime in the attack on his brother, Romel. The two are accused of killing Sucuzhañay while shouting slurs about his ethnicity and sexuality. Prosecutors said Tuesday that they are also pursuing charges for additional crimes that could send them to prison for up to 78 years if convicted.

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UPDATE: Arrest Warrant Issued for Salvadorean Immigrant in Chandra Levy Murder Case
By Mariela Rosario | 03/04/2009 - 11:55

Washington D.C. police recently announced that they will be issuing an arrest warrant for Salvadorean Ingmar Guandique, 27, in connection to the eight-year-old murder of Chandra Levy; one of the most famous unsolved crimes in Washington D.C.’s history.

Levy was a 24-year-old intern for the federal Bureau of Prisons at the time of her murder. A series of missteps by the D.C. police department as well as intense media scrutiny involving congressman Gary Condit—who was involved in an extramarital affair with the intern—all served to complicate the case.

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Mexican Drug Cartel Threatens Guatemalan President
By Dorkys Ramos | 03/03/2009 - 18:00

Mexican gunmen from the Gulf’s drug cartel, Los Zetas, have threatened to assassinate Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom. The National Civilian Police received the threat on Saturday that Los Zetas would assassinate the president later that day. Security around the president was tightened and no attempts were reported.

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"60 Minutes" Special Explores Dire Crisis in Mexico
By Mariela Rosario | 03/03/2009 - 16:00

The crisis in Mexico is escalating with each passing day and more and more media outlets are picking up on the startling news coming from south of the border. Anderson Cooper recently produced a special report for 60 Minutes addressing the current circumstances in Mexico, the causes and possible solutions.

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Mexico Rocked By Border Protests, May Be On Brink of Civil War
By Mariela Rosario | 02/19/2009 - 17:00

Demonstrations against the military presence in the border towns of Mexico have swept across the country over the last few days. Mexico's drug cartels have been the primary catalyst for a wave of crime and violence that have shaken the country to its core. Widespread corruption among the police led government officials to take the drastic step of sending 40,000 soldiers into towns and cities along the border of the United States.

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Phoenix, Arizona: Kidnapping Capital of the USA
By Mariela Rosario | 02/18/2009 - 18:30

Phoenix, Arizona has recently received the dubious distinction of being named the kidnapping capital of the United States. Second only to Mexico City in the world in terms of rates of violent kidnappings, local officials have cautioned that Phoenix is caught in a dangerous and even deadly crime wave. Many blame the rise in violent crime on Mexico's drug cartels.

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