Migrants begin their day inside a former concert venue serving as a shelter, in Tijuana, Mexico, Dec. 2, 2018.
(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
The psychological health of migrant children will be deeply impacted by their flight from gang violence, and the experience of crowded unhygienic conditions and tear gas at the U.S. border.
Protesters in front of the San Francisco Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters, February 28, 2018.
As the US federal government shifts toward harsher and more restrictive immigration policies, local authorities are pushing back with the "sanctuary cities" movement.
Salvadorans have been fleeing violence in their communities for years.
AP Photo/Salvador Melendez
As a pediatrician, I'm not letting State Department warnings stop me from leading surgical missions.
Protesting Trump in Tijuana, Mexico.
The Trump administration sees plenty of problems in Central America – but it seems to be doing everything it can to make them worse.
Students perform a re-enactment of the 1989 killing of six Jesuits, including Ignacio Martin-Baro, during the Salvadorian civil war.
Social psychologist Ignacio Martín-Baró's work reminds us of the urgency to bring all psychology into the orbit of liberation. Doing so allows a necessarily ambitious conception of liberation.
Women protest outside a courtroom in San Salvador in 2017, demanding the government free women prisoners who are serving 30-year prison sentences for having an abortion.
(AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)
Pregnant teens take their own lives, raped children are denied abortions and women who suffer stillbirth are imprisoned for 30 years -- El Salvador's torturous anti-abortion regime must end.
Progressive values won in Costa Rica – for now, at least.
AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco
Nearly 40 percent of voters in Costa Rica supported an anti-gay evangelical for president. Maybe progressive Costa Rica is more like its troubled neighboring countries than it once seemed.
Oscar Romero’s canonization is controversial. The process stalled in the Vatican for decades.
On March 24, 1980, an outspoken Salvadoran bishop was murdered after decrying his country's military regime. Thirty-eight years and one civil war later, Pope Francis is set to declare him a saint.
The MS-13 gang operates in Central America, Mexico and the U.S. But so far its efforts to get into the drug business have failed.
Trump justice officials portray the Salvadoran gang MS-13 as a powerful drug cartel staffed with criminal undocumented immigrants. That's a dangerous mistake if you actually want to prevent violence.
Transnational gangs like MS-13 are a major driver of violence in El Salvador, but they are far from the only problem.
The U.S. government has ended the protective status of 200,000 Salvadoran migrants. If deported, they would go back to one of the world's deadliest places. How did violence in El Salvador get so bad?
Arrests aside, until the politicians who collude with gangs are stopped, crime in Central America will likely continue unchecked.
Corruption, not gang warfare, is the root cause of the record violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Until public officials stop shielding criminal groups like MS-13, lawlessness will reign.
Clampdown: gang members arrested in El Salvador in 2016.
Young people in El Salvador are finding themselves caught up in the war between the gangs and the state.
In El Salvador, the dead are almost innumerable, but not forgotten.
Latin America's murder rate is the highest in the world, accounting for one in every four homicides on the planet.
A Salvadoran man believed to be a member of the MS-13 gang as he is arrested.
AP Photo/Josh Reynolds
Trump's plans to crack down on immigration could create the same conditions that led to MS-13's birth and expansion.
A Salvadoran family who fled to the U.S. when armed men killed the father.
AP Photo/LM Otero
Despite Trump’s rhetoric, Mexicans are no longer crossing the border in massive numbers. Data show a new group of migrants is arriving, and for very different reasons.
A woman cries during the funeral of a victim of a fire at a children’s shelter in Guatemala.
Young people from Central America continue to cross the U.S. border. Can programs funded by humanitarian assistance targeting root causes of migration help?
Marlene Mosqueda’s father was arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in February.
AP Photo/Nick Ut, File
Three stories show how today's deportations are reminiscent of what immigrants experienced during immigration raids under President Obama.
Violence in El Salvador is not perpetuated by the gangs alone.
El Salvador stands at the centre of the current refugee crisis in Central America. But gang violence is not the only reason why its people are fleeing their country.
These children are just a few of thousands feeling gang violence in central America.
The spectacular arrival of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children at the southern frontier of the US over the last three years has provoked a frenzied response. President Obama calls the…