Making Human Rights Real: The Inter American System and LGBT Rights in the Americas

Le Monde Diplomatique, March 2014. Karla Avelar’s steady voice filled the room at the Inter American Commission in Washington. The transgender activist from El Salvador described the horrors she has survived: three assassination attempts, 14 bullet wounds, countless scars from stabbings, years of psychological, sexual and physical abuse. The attacks are hate crimes, said Avelar,... Continue Reading →

Will the historic Salvadoran gang truce matter?

 Le Monde Diplomatique, October 2012.  Civil Society leaders discuss opportunities and challenges to a sustainable peace SAN SALVADOR    Just over two hundred days have passed since the two rival Salvadoran street gangs, MS 13 and Barrio 18, signed a historic truce. The pact has seen various hiccups since its signing—under the pressure of investigative newspaper El Faro,... Continue Reading →

The Peace Center that Emerged from a War Zone

The National Catholic Reporter print/ online, September 2012. SAN SALVADOR The tiny town of Suchitoto, El Salvador is made up of 82 rural communities and an urban center, a cobble-stoned town filled with colonial architecture that brings tourists from near and far. It is also the birthplace of the 7 year-old Centro Arte para la Paz (Art... Continue Reading →

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