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Yolanda Ramiirez, who is transgender, applied for asylum in January 2018, and is still waiting to hear back.

‘They told me that I was going to die’: The US says El Salvador is safe for migrants, but transgender women living there fear for their li...

A transgender woman living in El Salvador says MS-13 killed her friends and went after her next. She's been waiting for the US to grant her asylum.
Leidy Rivas makes pupusas at the migrant shelter where she and her family have been staying for the last two months.

A family fleeing violence in El Salvador has been stuck at the US-Mexico border for 2 months — and Trump’s new asylum rules may make it im...

Trump's "asylum ban," recently affirmed by the Supreme Court, means that families fleeing violence may be stuck in Mexico indefinitely.
People near bullet casings at a crime scene after a shootout in the municipality of Tuzamapan, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, May 16, 2019.

400 murders a day: 10 reasons why Latin America is the world’s most violent place

Despite some national declines, homicides in Latin America have only increased in recent years, and there's no single reason for the rise in killing.
A migrant family runs away from tear gas in front of the border wall with Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico, on November 25, 2018.

Kirstjen Nielsen’s departure signals Trump wants an even more extreme Homeland Security chief

"She was tasked with putting a smiling face on the policy of enforced cruelty. If I were her I wouldn't be able to sleep at night."

US reportedly cutting off aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras after Trump claims countries ‘set up’ migrant caravans

The US State Department is cutting off the three South American countries from financial aid.
Then-Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams being sworn in at Iran-Contra hearings.

Trump’s man to handle Venezuela crisis was convicted in Iran-Contra affair and fought to cover-up worst massacre in recent Latin American histor...

Abrams has a long, controversial history as a foreign policy adviser in Washington, including being convicted over his role in the Iran-Contra affair.
National Liberation Army (ELN) soldiers standing in formation in Arauca province, Colombia, in 2002.

These are the world’s 20 most dangerous countries, and photos showing what life is like there

Countries were ranked on prevalence of terrorism, homicide, organized crime and unreliable or corrupt police forces by the World Economic Forum.
A caravan of more than 1,500 Honduran migrants moves north after crossing the border from Honduras into Guatemala on October 15, 2018 in Esquipulas, Guatemala.

How the caravan of 4,000 migrants crossed 3 countries in a week

A caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America continued their journey through southern Mexico on Tuesday on their way to the US border.
US President Trump speaks to Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto as he makes an announcement on NAFTA in the Oval Office.

Trump reportedly wanted to shut down the entire US-Mexico border, but his aides talked him out of it

President Donald Trump got so frustrated over immigration that he asked his staff to "close the whole thing," referring to the entire US-Mexico border, during a meeting in the Oval Office this summer, as The Washington Post reported Saturday.

Trump bashes El Salvador, demands Mexico help more with removing MS-13 gang members from the US

Trump's tweet comes the day after he said he's considering pulling ICE from California because he claims the state is giving his administration 'no help.'