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It's tough to live without hope


"Over the years they have grown into powerful crime networks, joining forces with Mexican cartels, including the Zetas, which use this Central American country as a pathway between South and North America. The result is pervasive violence. Military officials attribute up to 90 percent of killings to drug violence.

Human Computation Roadmap Summit Workshop

Technosocial infrastructure and increasingly pervasive computing is accelerating the integration of humans into information-processing systems. Some of this is emergent (e.g., social networks) and some deliberate (e.g., crowdsourcing). A research area has coalesced around understanding andengineering such systems toward novel capabilities. For example, we can apply epidemiological methods to predict the spread of ideas over Twitter, and we can build systems that empower citizens to play games, like fold.it, to contribute to HIV AIDS research.

Rate of unaccompanied girls crossing into US outpaces boys


"But as to the question of why more girls in particular are attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, neither Pew nor the UNHCR provided any clues.

What U.S., Central America Have to Tackle to Stem Border Crisis


"The U.S. is largely focused on getting Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala's leaders to agree to take back as many children as possible, cooperate in reintegrating them and outline what they are doing to stem the exodus of children and families, said Eric Olson, associate director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program. 

No easy solutions for child migrant crisis


APJ participa en foro internacional sobre seguridad, pobreza y migración

The event “Why are Thousands of Central American Children Risking their Lives to Reach the United States?: A View from Honduras” is discussed. 

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Immigration Crisis Inseparable From International Criminal Networks – Honduras Minister

"WASHINGTON, July 24 (RIA Novosti) - Foreign minister of Honduras, Mireya Agüero de Corrales, told a meeting of Central American foreign ministers at the Wilson Center on Thursday that the humanitarian crisis of migrant minors is one and the same as the international crime networks and must be addressed multilaterally by all nations involved in the routes.

“There is a war being waged in our territory,” said Corrales, referring to the international organized crime networks that thrive along Central American routes.

Central American Leaders Preview Obama Meeting


"In a companion event nearby, the foreign ministers of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala delivered a similar message.

Their countries cannot act alone to stanch the flow of migrants fleeing a surge of gang violence and a drought of economic opportunity, they said at the Wilson Center, another think tank. It would take an international effort to oust multinational human and drug smuggling organizations from operating in their countries.

Migration of Central American Minors: Causes and Solutions

The dramatic rise in unaccompanied minors from Central America arriving in the United States has raised many questions about the factors contributing to this influx. In this event, foreign ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras discuss the roots of this crisis and how their governments are responding.


Andrew Selee
Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute

Central American foreign ministers meet in Washington to lobby Obama on immigration crisis


The humanitarian crisis is so high-profile that 250 people crammed into the Wilson Center’s sixth-floor auditorium and two overflow rooms to attend Thursday’s program, which was moderated by Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition; another 170 watched the conference online.

“I can recall no time since the Central American wars of the 1980s when so much U.S. media attention has been paid to this region,” said Cynthia Arnson, director of the think tank’s Latin American program, in introducing the three foreign ministers.