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How Another Wave of Kids at the Border is Affecting Efforts to Help Them

Posted on · UNICEF (The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) last month released a report on the number of unaccompanied children coming into the United States from Central America. According to the report, nearly 26,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the U.S. border in the first six months of 2016. The report also touches on the importance of legal […]

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Gangster Warlords: A New Type of Criminal Unleashes a New Kind of Violence on Central and South America

Posted on · According to journalist Ioan Grillo, there’s a new kind of criminal that’s risen in Central and South America in recent years: a hybrid of CEO, terrorist and rock star. One that commands guerilla attacks, strong-arms governments and deals in narcotics, guns and humans. In his new book, called Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New […]

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What Happens When Two Houstonians Take a Motorhome Trip Through Central America?

Posted on · If you’re going to travel through Central America, why not by motorhome? That’s what one Houston couple decided to do in 2003. John and Harriet Halkyard wrote a book about their experience called 99 Days to Panama, An Exploration of Central America by Motorhome. They chronicled their journey and offer traveling advice for those who […]

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Border Refugees, Response & Security: Houston Matters for Monday, July 14, 2014

Posted on · Since October, more than 52,000 undocumented children have come into the U.S. Most of these children are from Central America, and many of them arrived unaccompanied by adults. The local response here in Greater Houston has been mixed. Organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are asking for donations, foster care parents, and volunteers […]