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

Miledis Juan, a 25-year-old Dominican with a teaching degree, cannot find work as a teacher because she was denied access to her birth certificate. Juan lives with her husband, Henry Claude Joseph and 1-year-old son, Henry Alberto – who also was denied a birth certificate.

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»

Abraham Axicinean, 5 months old, sleeps on the bed in Eriana Alce’s home in Bateye San Isidro. At just 17 years old, his mother died giving birth to him at Hospital Materno-Infantil San Lorenzo de Los Mina in Santo Domingo.

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»

Hours after the birth of her daughter in the public hospital in Jimani, Dominican Republic, Luiz Mena has yet to choose a name for her.

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»

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

Children of Haitian workers run on the sugar cane plantation where their parents labor in Dominican Republic, 2008. Children born in the Dominican Republic to illegal immigrant parents—mostly Haitians—are 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»

The army patrols the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, after unrest triggered by the government's attempt to capture Christopher Coke, who faces extradition to the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.

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

Missionaries reportedly tried take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake.

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»

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»