El Salvador

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Gauge of a 'Political Mood': a Teen Rape Victim's Retrial

Evelyn Hernandez, jailed in El Salvador after a stillbirth, will get a new day in court

(Newser) - A teen rape victim in El Salvador convicted in 2017 of murder and sentenced to 30 years in jail after a stillbirth will face a new day in court Monday. Reuters reports Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez, now 21, will be retried, and this time advocates are hoping she'll be acquitted.... More »

The Photo Rocked Us. He Just Took Responsibility

President Nayib Bukele says migrants' deaths in Rio Grande is on El Salvador

(Newser) - Oscar Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to reach the US. Now, a country's leader has taken the blame for the incident, a photograph of which was shared far and wide . The president of El Salvador on Sunday said the fault lies with... More »

Woman Jailed After Bathroom Birth Is Freed 18 Months Later

Dismissal of charges against El Salvador's Imelda Cortez hailed as a landmark moment

(Newser) - El Salvador's Imelda Cortez is out of prison for the first time in more than a year and a half, and her freedom is being hailed as a potential landmark moment for women's rights in her country, reports AFP . Cortez's plight had drawn international attention : The 20-year-old... More »

Rape Victim Who Gave Birth Now Faces Prison Time

Imelda Cortez is accused of trying to have an abortion in strict no-abortion El Salvador

(Newser) - A young woman in El Salvador was sexually abused by her stepfather since the age of 12, impregnated by him at age 18, and now has a 2-year-old daughter by him. But adding to the horror of her experience, Imelda Cortez, now 20, is the one facing up to 20... More »

There Might Soon Be 3 US-Bound Caravans

Group plans to leave El Salvador next week, as Honduran stragglers move north

(Newser) - If the Honduran migrant caravan making its way toward to the US southern border is "the gift that keeps on giving for Donald Trump's midterm elections," as the Telegraph suggests, then a second caravan forming in El Salvador may be the bow on top. An internal report... More »

Trump Calls Migrant Caravan a National Emergency

Thousands of Central Americans marching north are now in Mexico

(Newser) - The size of a migrant caravan marching north toward the US border is increasing in size even as President Trump escalates his rhetoric. In a series of tweets Monday, Trump called the caravan a national emergency, blamed Democrats for weak immigration laws, asserted that "criminals and unknown Middle Easterners"... More »

Judge Halts Deportation, Warns Jeff Sessions

He says AG could be held in contempt

(Newser) - On learning that the mother and daughter at the center of a lawsuit before him were being deported, a federal judge called the move "outrageous" and ordered its reversal. US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan warned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security officials that they could be held... More »

'Poster Girl' for Reunification Joins Her Mom

Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid is with her mother in Houston

(Newser) - A 6-year-old girl from El Salvador who became a face of the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant families at the border has been reunited with her mother, the AP reports. Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid and her mother, Cindy Madrid, were separated after US authorities detained them June 13... More »

They Called It Stillbirth. El Salvador Called It Murder

2nd woman sees aggravated murder sentence commuted

(Newser) - El Salvador is one of a few countries where abortion is banned outright, with no exceptions for women raped or at risk of death. Activists, however, are calling attention to a "pivotal moment for El Salvador's abortion law reform" after a welcome move Tuesday. After serving 15 years... More »

El Salvador: US Booting 200K Would Devastate Us

Government hopes Congress will find solution

(Newser) - An estimated 200,000 Salvadorans and their 190,000 US-born children aren't the only people stressed out about the administration's decision to withdraw Temporary Protected Status : The government of El Salvador, which estimates 95% of TPS holders are employed or own businesses in the US, says it will... More »

White House Delivers News 200K in US Have Feared

Salvadorans must go back home or obtain legal residency, with TPS program ending

(Newser) - The White House is telling about 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants who have lived in the US for years that it's time to go back to their home country. More specifically, the Homeland Security Department is ending the special legal protections that the immigrants have had since 2001 under the... More »

Woman, 19, Gets 30 Years in Prison After Stillbirth

Prosecutors in El Salvador argued she blew off prenatal care

(Newser) - In what the Guardian is calling "the latest in a long line of failures of justice against pregnant women" in El Salvador, a 19-year-old was on Wednesday sentenced to 30 years in prison after a stillbirth. Per Al Jazeera , Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz was convicted of "aggravated homicide,... More »

Zoo Visitors Beat Crocodile to Death With Rocks

Government officials are decrying the 'savage behavior'

(Newser) - Tunisian officials are decrying "savage behavior" after visitors to a zoo in Tunis stoned a crocodile to death Tuesday, AFP reports. Officials posted photos of the dead crocodile—with two large, bloody stones next to it—on Facebook (Warning: graphic) . The crocodile died from internal hemorrhaging after being hit... More »

Country Horrified by Beating Death of Beloved Hippo

Gustavito was killed after brutal beating at El Salvador's national zoo

(Newser) - El Salvador's widespread violence reached an unexpected corner with the brutal and fatal beating of the national zoo's beloved hippopotamus Gustavito. Even among a population numbed by a staggering human death toll due to gang violence in recent years, the animal's death late Sunday stirred outrage. Salvadorans... More »

One of World's Deadliest Nations Has Rare Murder-Free Day

El Salvador's last one was 2 years ago

(Newser) - El Salvador, one of the world's deadliest countries, has recorded a rare day without a single homicide. National Civil Police commissioner Howard Cotto said at a news conference Thursday that no murders were reported the previous day in the gang-plagued Central American nation. The last time the country went... More »

Mom Who Miscarried Could Do More Time for 'Homicide'

El Salvador's anti-abortion laws are some of world's strictest, have jailed women who miscarry

(Newser) - When Maria Teresa Rivera, a 28-year-old factory worker in El Salvador and single mom of a young boy, began to bleed heavily and collapsed, her family called an ambulance. She had just miscarried a baby she didn't even know she was pregnant with, and the next thing she knew... More »

How a US Diplomat Solved US Nuns' Infamous Murder

ProPublica reveals story behind El Salvador slayings in 1980

(Newser) - In 1982, a low-ranking diplomat by the name of Carl Gettinger received one of the State Department's highest honors for his "creative dissent." The ceremony was public, but the details were highly classified. Now a story at ProPublica reveals those details, which revolved around the infamous 1980... More »

New Country Warns Women Not to Get Pregnant

Citing Zika, El Salvador wants women to hold off on pregnancies until 2018

(Newser) - Zika virus has now spread to some 20 Latin American nations, reports NBC News , and at least one of them—El Salvador—is issuing a pretty stern warning to its female population: To avoid children born with birth defects including microcephaly, the country wants women to avoid getting pregnant until... More »

How This Man Survived 436 Days Lost at Sea

Neither hunger, nor thirst, nor extreme loneliness claimed the fisherman

(Newser) - When Jose Salvador Alvarenga, a 36-year-old fisherman from El Salvador, touched land for the first time after more than a year lost at sea , his hair was wild and matted, his ankles were swollen, his wrists were tiny, he could barely walk, and he constantly hid his face. He had,... More »

Mom Who Thought Hospital Gave Her Wrong Baby Was Right

Boys handed over to real parents in El Salvador, 4 months after birth

(Newser) - Two infants are back in the hands of their parents four months after authorities say they were switched at birth. Richard Cushworth and Mercedes Casanella of Dallas, Texas, visited El Salvador to give birth to their child in Casanella's home country in May. But Cushworth says the happy occasion... More »

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