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How Mexican Human Rights Lawyers Found a New Route to Accountability

February 21, 2017 | Adriana García , Mercedes Melon

Mexican federal prosecutors must apologize to three indigenous women who were maliciously prosecuted and jailed—in a case that charts a new route to accountability.

A Victory for the Truth about Mexico’s “Dirty War”

February 8, 2017 | Mariana Mas

A ruling from Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice has given an important boost to those who want a proper accounting for abuses that included forced disappearances.

As U.S. States Decriminalize Marijuana, Mexico’s Drug War Rages On

February 6, 2017 | Froylán Enciso, Brenda Pérez

Decriminalization has brought an array of benefits to the United States, but not always to Mexico.

Latin America’s Environmental Defenders Find Themselves in the Crosshairs

February 3, 2017 | Ana Paula Hernández

Of the 185 environmental activists killed worldwide in 2015, 122 were in Latin America.

The New Phone-Based Tool That Lets Brazilians Monitor State Violence

January 30, 2017 | Miguel Lago, Guilherme Pimentel

DefeZap collects and catalogs user-submitted videos of state violence, then makes sure the authorities take action.

Brazil’s Groundbreaking Attempt to Get Corporate Money Out of City Politics

January 11, 2017 | Ariel Kogan, Ana Carolina Evangelista

In 2016, for the first time, all private-sector campaign financing for municipal elections came exclusively from individuals.

El Salvador’s Sky-High Murder Rate Is Creating a Humanitarian Crisis

November 22, 2016 | Celia Medrano

Gang violence is pushing death rates to levels on par with war-torn Syria, and displacing tens of thousands of people in the process.

Nepali and Colombian Journalists Join Forces to Protect Their Peers

November 21, 2016 | Ujir Magar

Colombia has made strides in protecting journalists from physical attacks. Now, a group of Nepali journalists is working to apply some of these methods in a different context.

Civil Society in Brazil Is Urbanizing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

November 10, 2016 | Oded Grajew, Maurício Piragino

By using the SDGs to update municipal best practices, advocates hope the UN’s goals can improve life in cities like São Paulo.

How a Ritual Amazonian Brew Keeps Brazilian Traditions Alive

November 9, 2016 | José de Lima

At a recent conference, ayahuasca, a psychoactive drink made from plants in the Amazon, was hailed as a bridge between cultures, communities, and generations.

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