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U.S. Officials Call On Nations To Stop Using Cuba’s Medical Missions, Alleging Program Represents Form Of Human Trafficking; Cuba Denies Accusation

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.S. says Cuban medical missions are trafficking doctors “United States officials on Thursday called on all nations to stop using Cuba’s medical missions, which send doctors around the world, saying that Cuba refused to pay the medical staff and held them against their will. Cuba’s international medical…

U.S. Announces $52M In New Aid To Venezuela For Pro-Democracy Work; Funding Mostly Repurposed From Aid Originally Earmarked For Northern Triangle Countries

Associated Press: Trump administration to triple democracy aid to Venezuela “The Trump administration is more than tripling U.S. support for pro-democracy work in Venezuela and for the first time directly funding opposition leader Juan Guaidó as he attempts to set up a government to rival the socialist administration of Nicolás…

U.S. To Resume Some Foreign Assistance To Northern Triangle Countries, DHS Secretary Says

Devex: U.S. to resume Northern Triangle aid programs that support its interests, official says “Due to ‘leadership commitment’ from Central American governments in response to the migration crisis, the Trump administration is looking at ways to resume some foreign assistance to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, U.S. Department of Homeland…

Cuban Report Outlines Impacts Of U.S. Sanctions On Nation’s Health Sector

Prensa Latina: U.S. Blockade Targets Cuban Health, Says Report “Between April 2018 and March 2019, the damage caused by the U.S. blockade to Cuba’s health sector totaled more than 104 million dollars. This is stated in the island’s report on U.N. General Assembly resolution 73/8 entitled ‘Necessity of ending the…

Ecuador’s National Assembly Votes Against Decriminalizing Abortion In Cases Of Rape, Fetal Malformation

AFP: Ecuador’s lawmakers vote against decriminalizing abortion for cases of rape, fetal malformation “Ecuador’s National Assembly voted Tuesday against decriminalizing abortion in all cases of rape and for fetal malformation. A decriminalization proposal fell five votes short of the 70 required for its approval, with 59 assembly members voting against…

Devex, NPR Examine Trump Administration’s Freeze On Foreign Aid To Northern Triangle

Devex: Is ‘blocking movement’ a measure of U.S. aid success in Northern Triangle? “Reorienting all U.S. foreign assistance in the Northern Triangle would fundamentally change the way organizations can respond to challenges in the region…” (Welsh, 9/18). NPR: Trump Froze Aid To Guatemala. Now Programs Are Shutting Down “…In 2018,…

Ivanka Trump’s Efforts To Promote Women’s Prosperity Undermined By Trump Administration Policies, Some Experts Say

CNN: Ivanka Trump’s push to empower women is undermined by her father’s policies, experts say “…In promoting her ‘Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative,’ [Ivanka] Trump emphasizes the link between stable, productive societies and women’s ability to work — connections borne out by research. But experts say a key factor…

Trump Administration Foreign Aid Cuts To Northern Triangle Impacting NGOs Working In Region

Devex: U.S. funding cuts force NGOs to break commitments in Guatemala”…[The USAID-funded violence prevention project] Convivimos is just one program impacted by U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement in March that the U.S. would stop providing foreign aid funds to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala due to the continued migration of…

Save The Children Describes Efforts To Address Humanitarian Crisis In Venezuela

Save the Children: The Huge Humanitarian Crisis of VenezuelaSave the Children author Zoe Bennell discusses the humanitarian situation in Venezuela, where “deteriorating economic and political conditions” have caused at least four million people to flee the country. Bennell describes a sexual and reproductive health clinic Save the Children opened in…