My parents came to the United States from El Salvador after the Civil War left their home in shambles. Dead bodies littered the streets, work was nonexistent, and human rights were a thing of the past. War throughout Central America led the U.S. Congress to pass the 1980 Refugee Act, and almost one million Salvadorans…
Jose Guevara is undocumented. He’s queer. He’s fighting cancer, a pre-existing condition that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, he’s battling with health insurance provided by his mother’s employer.
A 37-year-old woman in El Salvador has spent the last decade in prison on an aggravated homicide charge after suffering what she said was a stillbirth. Though Amnesty International was in court this week attempting to appeal the rest of her 30-year jail term, on Thursday the court upheld that sentence.
Two brothers living in Gaithersburg, Maryland—19-year-old Lizandro Claros Saravia and 22-year-old Diego Saravia—were deported to El Salvador on Wednesday after one of them notified local Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents during a routing check-in that he’d gotten into college, the Washington Post reports.
In 2011, María Teresa Rivera was arrested in El Salvador. She was accused of having an abortion and sentenced to 40 years in prison on the charge of “aggravated homicide.” Rivera claims she had a miscarriage and did not even know she was pregnant. Attorneys were able to free her, but not before she served four and a…
A 19-year-old woman in El Salvador has been sentenced by a judge to 30 years in prison after she delivered a stillborn in a toilet at her home in rural Cuscatlán.
A Virginia man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for repeatedly having sex with a 14-year-old Salvadoran girl in exchange for “protecting” her and her family from violent street gangs.
On Thursday, the El Salvadorean government recommended that all women in the entire country refrain from getting pregnant for the next two years. The extreme recommendation was made in an attempt to prevent children from being born with brain damage due to the Zika virus.
In January, a woman in El Salvador who'd been imprisoned for having a miscarriage was finally pardoned, having spent seven years behind bars. The woman, known as "Guadalupe," had been charged with having an abortion, an offense which was later changed to homicide. But while Guadalupe will be officially released today,…
A Salvadoran woman serving a 30-year sentence for murder after suffering a miscarriage in 2007 has been formally pardoned by the country's Congress. Earlier this week, the woman, Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez, was denied a pardon after the resolution failed by one vote.
An El Salvadoran woman known as "Guadalupe" currently serving a 30-year sentence for a 2007 miscarriage has been denied a pardon. Guadalupe—who was convicted of murdering her unborn baby—was expected to be cleared on Friday by the El Salvadoran Congress. But after a nail biting 43-42 vote, her release was denied.
In El Salvador, where termination of pregnancy whether abortion, miscarriage, or stillborn, is illegal, 17 women are currently sitting in prison, convicted of assassinating their children, that is, convicted of not giving birth to healthy, live babies. They are known as Las 17, and eight of these women were convicted…
When 19 year-old Glenda Xiomara Cruz showed up to her local public hospital mid-miscarriage, she had no idea that she was pregnant in the first place. A pregnancy test she took in May was negative, and her body did not seem to change much throughout the previous months.
But the hospital staff, suspecting her of…
In El Salvador, the "right to life" means the probable death of a pregnant woman; the country's Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a woman who doctors say will die if she gives birth to the non-viable fetus inside of her can't get an abortion.