The Latin American Refugee Crisis and the Cartagena Declaration

Four years ago,  immigration became front and center in American politics, specifically with then-candidate Trump’s portrayal of Mexican immigrants coming into the United States. Of course, not every American view Latin Americans as rapists or criminals, but the term “illegal immigrant” and those seeking asylum once they live in the United States tell what it…

Nowhere To Go: the Dangerous Limbo that Mexico has Become for Central American Migrants

The Central American immigrant population continues to burgeon to new levels, as education, economic opportunity, and safety concurrently decline—specifically in the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The majority of these people make the dangerous trek up north, through Mexico and arduous conditions, to seek asylum in the United States. However, given…

Indigenous Rights in the Amazon: Something that was Never Ours to Give

The raging forest fires of the Amazon have captured the eye of the international community: unrivalled in its ecological diversity, and viewed as a cornerstone of life, its degradation has led to global anxiety. According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, fires have increased by 80 percent this year alone. In order to understand…

The Escazú Agreement: Promise Made or Promise Kept?

Eight years ago, representatives from 192 states met in Rio de Janeiro to discuss the world’s environmental future and left with a series of promises. This conference, hosted by the United Nations, was a follow-up to the first international convention on environmental development held in the same city in 1992. One of the most significant…