Human Rights

Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking at the Rio Grande Valley: Ten Observations and Questions

In the scorching heat of a late summer day on the U.S. – Mexico border along the lower Rio Grande Valley (RGV) I had a revelation. Migrant smuggling and trafficking along this difficult part of the border lands is a constantly changing business. Despite involving human lives, smuggling and trafficking are fundamentally a business, albeit a deplorable one, that responds to a complex series of factors – some legitimate, others less so. As a result, the dynamics around these factors are constantly in flux and what we think we know today, maybe different a month, or a year from now.

Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking at the Rio Grande Valley

In the scorching heat of a late summer day on the U.S. – Mexico border along the lower Rio Grande Valley (RGV) I had a revelation. Migrant smuggling and trafficking along this difficult part of the border lands is a constantly changing business. Despite involving human lives, smuggling and trafficking are fundamentally a business, albeit a deplorable one, that responds to a complex series of factors – some legitimate, others less so. As a result, the dynamics around these factors are constantly in flux and what we think we know today, maybe different a month, or a year from now.

UN, U.S. Summits Offer Modest Immediate Relief to Refugees, But Systemic Reforms Needed

Heads of state gathered in New York for the September 19 United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants will reaffirm principles of international law, pledge to treat asylum seekers more humanely, and promise to improve coordination between humanitarian and development organizations.

A Conversation with Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile

The equal inclusion of women in public dialogue and decision-making is a key driver of sustainable development. Women in the Pacific Alliance countries – Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru – are progressing towards gender parity and inclusive growth, but challenges remain. While development agendas continue to evolve in response to challenging regional and global conditions, governments of the Pacific Alliance have shown a strong commitment to embedding gender considerations in public policy and to including gender as a crosscutting issue within the Alliance’s work.

Transitional Justice in Colombia’s Post-Accord Context

The Colombian peace agreement announced on August 24th includes extensive and detailed provisions regarding transitional justice. What are these mechanisms and how will they be implemented? What are the expected time frames and results? How will transitional justice provisions be incorporated into Colombian law?

Confronting Criminal Groups in El Salvador While Strengthening the Rule of Law

In January 2016, following a year in which El Salvador became the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere, former police director general Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde was named Minister of Justice and Public Security, while career prosecutor Douglas Meléndez Ruiz was elected Attorney General by a majority in Congress.  In the months since they took office, both ministers have worked to reform Salvadoran police and prosecutorial institutions, confront organized crime, and address allegations of corruption and human rights violations within the ranks.  Speaking via teleconference from S

Russia’s other Pipeline: Migration and Radicalization in the North Caucasus

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After Copenhagen, What Next for Women and Girls?

The once-every-three-years Women Deliver conference has become a major coalescing force for various global health and development efforts aimed at women and girls. “We operate at a global level, influencing the agenda” by focusing on the “four Cs”: convening, communicating, capacity-building, and catalyzing, said Susan Papp, director of policy and advocacy for Women Deliver.

Iran, Without Details, Indicts Several Detainees Who Have Dual Citizenship

Iran’s security agencies remain obsessed with people who have dual citizenship, whom they perceive as threats to the Islamic Republic.

Lev Simkin: “The Holocaust Began in Ukraine”

Among the tragedies of the Holocaust, Babi Yar occupies the singular position of being the largest massacre at its time: 33,771 people were murdered there over two days in September 1941. Even after all the murders of the Holocaust that followed, the killings at Babi Yar remain among the three or four largest massacres.

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