In El Salvador, controversy over increase in minimum wage

Equal Times, June 2017. En español, français. The municipality of Santo Tomas, El Salvador, absorbs the impacts of the maquila industry like a human body. Its daily routine ebbs and flows with the textile production schedule like blood through veins. At 06:00, the 37 bus bulges with women from Santo Tomas en route to work in the maquila zones of... Continue Reading →

Deported to El Salvador

The Intercept, May 2017.  See accompanying film by Leighton Akio Woodhouse and Pedro Armando Aparicio here. Thousands of miles from his home and family, Jose Escobar lives in a small rural community in La Unión, El Salvador, amid fields of sugar cane and corn, bordered by the Chaparrastique volcano and the Gulf of Fonseca. Escobar,... Continue Reading →

A Salvadoran writer goes into exile

The New Yorker, February 2016. Before it dawned on him that he would have to flee his country—a realization aided by a series of death threats in November of last year—the Salvadoran writer Jorge Galán had some questions for Father Jon Sobrino, an elderly Jesuit priest. Father Sobrino is from Spain, but he has spent... Continue Reading →

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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