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Four Scenarios for Latin American Democracy in 15 Years

October 8, 2015 | by Pedro Abramovay

A polarized region with ample potential, Latin America will be transformed in the coming years. A group of stakeholders envisioned what its possible futures might look like.

Reaching the Moveable Middle on Abortion in Latin America

September 28, 2015 | by Mónica Roa

Bit by bit, Latin American countries are legalizing access to abortion. But all to often, women find it next to impossible to exercise those rights.

Mexican Courts Can Help End the Use of Torture. So Why Don’t They?

September 8, 2015 | by Masha Lisitsyna, Adriana García

Recently, the Supreme Court of Mexico issued several forceful rulings on how courts should deal with torture allegations. But whether the courts will act on the rulings remains an open question.

Can Better Data Help Solve Latin America’s Homicide Problem?

September 4, 2015 | by Pedro Abramovay

The region of the world with the highest murder rates isn’t tracking those crimes effectively. Doing so could help turn the tide.

Searching for Answers, and Leadership, in Guerrero

September 2, 2015 | by Eric Witte

Why has there been so little criminal accountability for past killings, disappearances, and torture in the Mexican state of Guerrero?

A Human Rights Treaty Finally Recognizes the Right to Palliative Care

August 24, 2015 | by Gabriela B. de Luca

Latin American signatories to a groundbreaking resolution vow to provide pain medication, psychological services, and other support to dying patients.

Activist’s Murder Adds to a History of Atrocities in Mexico’s Guerrero State

August 11, 2015 | by Eric Witte

Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco, who led searches to find unmarked graves and identify the remains of those who have disappeared in Mexico's Guerrero state, was found shot to death.

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Portraits from Prison Tell Stories of Women in the Drug War

July 27, 2015 | by Mary Miller Flowers

In Latin America, the most perverse consequences of the drug war are borne by women.

The Key to Puerto Rico’s Transformation

July 20, 2015 | by Nuria Y. Ortiz Vargas

The lack of government accountability is a major factor in Puerto Rico’s financial crisis. A homegrown alliance of civil society groups is stepping in to change this.

Bolivia’s Smarter Approach to Controlling Coca Production

July 7, 2015 | by Diego Garcia-Devis

By shifting from forced eradication to community-based enforcement, Bolivia is regulating the production of coca leaves while respecting farmers’ rights.