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Jeff Abbott is an independent journalist currently based out of Guatemala. “The Other Americans” is a column created by Abbott for The Progressive on human migration in North and Central America. His work has also appeared in NACLA Report on the Americas, Al Jazeera English, and In These Times. Follow him on Twitter @palabrasdeabajo.

Ixil Mayan genocide survivors gather outside the Guatemalan Supreme Court demanding justice for their loved ones.

Jeff Abbott

“Reforming the law would be a step back for the culture of peace, a step back for the access to justice for the indigenous peoples, and a step back for the victims that were affected by the armed conflict.” Read more

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Since AMLO took over, migrants are finding much different environment than the previous caravans. Read more

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A president who won office on an anti-corruption platform, is moving to end a United Nations agreement that supports investigations into corruption. The Guatemalan president has sought, and found, support within the U.S. Republican Party. Read more

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Migration from Guatemala’s Alta Verapaz has spiked in the last year, in part due to extreme poverty and no avenues for people to improve their situation. The roots of the tragedy run deep. Read more

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The Honduran government justifies the violence against the LGBTQ community by invoking article 142.3 of the Law of Police and Social Coexistence, which protects “good manners and public morals.” This law cost twenty-seven-year-old Jonathan Cruz his l Read more

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There is a battle brewing among countries seeking influence in Central America, and China is leading the way. Its goals include gaining political influence, and severing the region’s diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Read more

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After traveling across Guatemala from Honduras, a second caravan of people fleeing violence and poverty encountered strong police resistance at the Guatemala-Mexico border. Jeff Abbott reports on what happened there. Read more

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Stressed by poverty, insecurity, and the controversial reelection of their president, a caravan offers hope. Read more

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The Catholic Church resisted, stating that Romero was far too political. Read more

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The current administration's “America First” policy is a directive for the U.S. to meddle in the destiny of Central and South America. Read more

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While Guatemala’s President tries to end investigations into government corruption, the country's citizens flee the effects of underfunded public services and privatization. Read more

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An intense political crisis has led to dramatic intimidation tactics and condemnation from the international community. Read more

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The drought is driving many small landholders to leave their homes in the hopes of providing for their families. They see themselves as having no other choice. Read more

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The U.S. government for decades intervened in Guatemala to throttle indigenous efforts toward land reform—including training the country’s military in making people “disappear.” People there continue to reckon with the loss. Read more

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“When the time came. . . there was nothing. There were no calls to warn us.” Read more

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Since 2010, at least ninety-seven people have been killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents, including twenty-year-old Claudia Goméz Gonzalez. Read more

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The former Guatemalan dictator leaves behind a legacy as “a genocidaire against indigenous people.” Read more

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Fear of violence driven by the U.S.-backed Hernández administration is driving many Honduran youths to seek safe haven in the United States. Read more

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The Honduran government has brought at least 179 criminal cases against activists for simply protesting what they believe to be electoral fraud. The people of Honduras desperately need support to defend their democracy. Read more

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Trump’s lack of condemnation of the situation in Honduras may lie in the fact that the Hernández government has become an important ally in the United States's efforts to stop immigration. But ignoring the protests will likely only make things worse. Read more

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