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Anastasia Moloney

Hunger driving migration in drought-hit Central America: U.N.

Aug 14 2019

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poor harvests and prolonged drought are driving rural families in parts of Central America from their homes to seek better opportunities in their own or neighboring countries and in the United States, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

LGBT+ murders at 'alarming' levels in Latin America - study

Aug 08 2019

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four LGBT+ people are murdered every day in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to "alarming" new research released on Thursday by a regional network of gay rights groups.

Is South America closing its 'open door' on Venezuelans?

Aug 08 2019

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tens of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing turmoil at home face perilous new journeys and risk falling into the hands of criminal gangs after three South American countries clamped down on the mass exodus, the United Nations and experts say.

Colombia creates 'elite unit' of labor inspectors to combat human trafficking

Jul 31 2019

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colombia is training dozens of inspectors to hunt down cases of labor trafficking and exploitation, a response to the needs of migrants from Venezuela who are at high risk of being victimized, officials said on Wednesday.

Former sex slave leads Uruguay's first march against human trafficking

Jul 30 2019

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sold as a teenager into the sex trade which she endured for nearly four decades, Uruguayan Sandra Ferrini will see her onetime dream of exposing the hell she suffered become reality on Tuesday at the country's first anti-human trafficking march.

Ecuador to launch new anti-human trafficking plan: official

Jul 24 2019

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ecuador will launch a new prevention and assistance plan focused on sexual and labor exploitation victims, where hundreds of human trafficking survivors have been rescued in the past two years, a top government official said.

Top Americas rights commission condemns Honduras LGBT+ murders

Jul 18 2019

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Americas' top human rights commission on Thursday called on Honduras to investigate growing violence against trans people in the Central American nation, where three transgender women were killed in the first week of this month alone.

Bolivia declares gender killings a national priority

Jul 16 2019

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bolivia, which has one of South America's highest rates of women being killed because of their gender, has declared femicide a national priority and will step up efforts to tackle growing violence, a top government rights official said on Tuesday.

Ecuador tribe wins legal battle over the Amazon

Jul 12 2019

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A court in Ecuador has upheld a ruling that prevents the government from selling land in the Amazon rainforest to oil companies, a move activists called a historic win for the Waorani indigenous tribe living there.

El Salvador set to reopen abortion trial of teen rape victim

Jul 10 2019

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A teenage rape victim in El Salvador who was convicted for murdering her child and jailed for nearly three years after a stillbirth will face a retrial next week, her lawyers said on Wednesday.

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