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A Damning Portrait of Presidential Corruption, but Hondurans Sound Resigned
The New York Times

A Damning Portrait of Presidential Corruption, but Hondurans Sound Resigned

President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras figured prominently in a U.S. drug trial, but few think it will matter in a country mired in corruption. "We need to give the people of Central America a sense of hope. And that starts with fighting corruption and ending this ridiculous theft of Hondurans’ future,” says Eric L. Olson, director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives at the Seattle International Foundation. Read more

The crisis is in Central America not the border
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The crisis is in Central America not the border

The situation at the U.S.– Mexico border is urgent, but the crisis is in Central America. The solution to this problem cannot be a return to Trump-era policies of inhumane treatment as a policy of dissuasion. Family separation and forcing migrants to remain in makeshift shelters across the border is morally wrong and bad policy.
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Biden’s immigration policy needs anti-corruption focus in Central America
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Biden’s immigration policy needs anti-corruption focus in Central America

James D. Nealon, Eric L. Olson and Kurt Alan Ver Beek write about how Biden needs to follow through on a proposed Central American regional anti-corruption commission. Otherwise, U.S. aid will not stop thousands of desperate people from fleeing countries that give them little hope to survive, much less flourish. Read more

Finding New Light in Honduras
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Finding New Light in Honduras

The anti-corruption commission, MACCIH, is no more in Honduras, but a special prosecutor's office on corruption will continue. Adriana Beltrán and Eric L. Olson write about this office and what Honduras will need in order to guarantee its effectiveness.  

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What is next for El Salvador?
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What is next for El Salvador?

Against a backdrop of poverty, brutal violence, and entrenched corruption, Salvadorans went to the polls on February 3, 2019, and elected 37-year old Nayib Bukele, who ran an unorthodox campaign positioning himself as an alternative to the two parties who have dominated the country's political landscape. #Podcast Guests: Vice President Elect Félix Ulloa, Journalist Glenda Umaña and Eric Olson of Seattle International Foundation Read more

The real crisis south of the border
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The real crisis south of the border

Violence and a governance breakdown in Central America's 'Northern Triangle' nations of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador is driving migration to the US. Read more

El Salvador’s Attorney General Pays a Steep Price for His Anti-Corruption Fight
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El Salvador’s Attorney General Pays a Steep Price for His Anti-Corruption Fight

El Salvador’s legislature last month declined to reappoint Attorney General Douglas Melendez for a second term. In an interview with WPR, Eric Olson, a Latin America specialist at the Seattle International Foundation, discusses Melendez’s tenure as attorney general and the political impact of El Salvador’s “endemic” corruption, including on next month’s presidential election. Read more

Global Giving
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Global Giving

Women's Justice Initiative equips girls in Guatemala to shape their own destinies and communities. Seattle International Foundation, Seattle Foundation’s global affiliate, supports Women’s Justice Initiative through its Central America & Mexico Youth Fund (CAMY Fund). Read more