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Sinaloa cartel carving drug routes in Caribbean

Mexico's deadly Sinaloa drug cartel is pushing into the Dominican Republic, suggesting cartels see the Caribbean as a supplement to the Central America corridor — a shift U.S. officials have feared.... Read more»

2 sentenced to prison for human smuggling

Two Mexican nationals, who held children hostage at a Phoenix drop house, were sentenced Monday for human smuggling. ... Read more»

Thousands stateless in the Dominican Republic

Over the past seven years, the Dominican government has re-written its constitution, re-interpreted old laws and passed new ones, effectively eliminating birthright citizenship. Today, a child born in the Dominican Republic is no longer automatically a citizen; citizenship goes only to those who can prove they have at least one documented parent.... Read more»

Maternal deaths plague Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, the lifetime risk of maternal death is one in 320, according to UNICEF. That’s almost seven times higher than in the United States.... Read more»

Haitian women cross Dominican border to give birth

Haitian women make up a large portion of the patients giving birth in Dominican hospitals. In the capital of Port–au–Prince, hospitals estimate that up to 35 percent of the patients in their maternity wards are Haitian. On the border, the numbers are higher still. One hospital director estimated that three out of four of his patients are Haitian women who come there to give birth.... Read more»

Drug addiction surges in Dominican Republic

Dominican drug rehab centers are struggling to keep up with a rise in crack and cocaine addiction, a consequence of the country’s decades-long role as a transshipment point in the international drug trade.... Read more»1

Domincan-born children of illegal immigrants denied citizenship

Thousands — and potentially hundreds of thousands — of people who were born on Dominican soil to illegal immigrants are being told that they aren't citizens of the Caribbean nation.... Read more»

Caribbean re-emerges as drug smuggling corridor

With the United States and Mexico working to tighten their border, which is the preferred drug trafficking route, the Caribbean is “re-emerging as a corridor” for South American drugs to get to the U.S... Read more»1

Haitian earthquake

Haiti: Missionaries charged with child kidnapping

When the American Baptist missionaries came into this small village perched above the destroyed capital, Maggie Moise willingly gave away her 9-year-old twins.... Read more»

Haiti earthquake

Haiti's suffering result of environment

Most people wouldn’t consider an earthquake to be an environmental issue. But while the tremors that shattered Haiti early this month have nothing to do with the island’s degradation, the extent of the suffering they unleashed is a direct result of the country’s ecological woes.... Read more»