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Jury Convicts Honduran Drug Trafficker of Cocaine Conspiracy

Jury Convicts Honduran Drug Trafficker of Cocaine Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in the Eastern District of Virginia convicted a Honduran man on Monday of leading a drug trafficking organization that helped smuggle thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the United States over the last decade.  Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary […]

Colombian National Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Colombian National Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Fredis Valencia Palacios was sentenced for participating in human smuggling event that resulted in the rape and murder of cuban nationals. WASHINGTON – A Colombian national was sentenced to 180 months in prison for his role in a scheme to smuggle illegal aliens from Colombia into the United States, which resulted in the rape of […]

CASA Receives $1M Grant to Bolster Programs for Immigrant and Working Communities

CASA Receives $1M Grant to Bolster Programs for Immigrant and Working Communities

CASA is an Advocacy, Organizing and Services Organization That Serves Immigrant and Working People. With $1 million in Funding from The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, CASA Will Launch a Training Institute to Share its Model and Expand its Reach to Improve Quality of Life and Build Power in More Communities Across the U.S. […]

Oil Tumbles

By Isaac Cohen* Oil prices tumbled 22 percent in November, from a peak in October, in both the global Brent and the US West Texas Intermediate benchmarks. Such pronounced fall was not seen since the start of the Great Recession a decade ago. It also brings back recollections of the plunge in 2015, when West […]

Honoring Indigenous Land Defenders in Guatemala

Honoring Indigenous Land Defenders in Guatemala

The Guatemalan Human Rights Commission – GHRC/USA – announces that the 2018 recipient of the Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defender’s Award is the Bufete para Pueblos Indígenas, and will be accepted on behalf of Maya k’iche’ lawyer Jovita Tzul Tzul on December 4. Ms. Tzul has spent her life working to defend and promote the rights of indigenous […]

Florida Man Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Pornography

Florida Man Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Pornography

According to the authorities he was surreptitiously producing and distributing pornographic audio and video recordings of himself engaged in sexual activity with at least 80 others. WASHINGTON – A Homestead, Florida man was sentenced today in federal court in Miami to 36 months in prison for surreptitiously producing and distributing pornographic audio and video recordings […]

Former Owner of Dominican Republic Bank Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Money Laundering Conspiracy 

WASHINGTON – A former owner of Banco Peravia bank in the Dominican Republic was sentenced to three years in prison today for his role in a billion-dollar money laundering scheme involving currency exchange. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of […]

Seven Guilty of the Murder Berta Caceres: Court Signal Intellectual Authors Still at Large

Seven Guilty of the Murder Berta Caceres: Court Signal Intellectual Authors Still at Large

Honduran Court found Seven Guilty of the Murder of Honduran Indigenous Rights Leader; Judges Signal Intellectual Authors Still at Large. In a press conference following a historic ruling that not only found seven men guilty of the murder of Honduran indigenous rights defender Berta Caceres, but also signaled that additoinal executives in the DESA hydroelectric […]

Identity Documents Trafficker Arraigned on Identification Fraud and Conspiracy Charges

WASHINGTON – A seller of identity documents was arraigned today, after being extradited from El Salvador, on a superseding indictment charging one count of conspiracy to possess and transfer identity documents, one count of conspiracy to commit human smuggling for financial gain, and 40 counts of aggravated identity theft, in relation to a scheme to […]

It’s Not the Economy…

By Isaac Cohen* The most recent employment figures, released last Friday by the Labor Department, revealed vigorous performance in October, at 250,000 new jobs created, with the unemployment rate unchanged at 3.7 percent, the lowest in almost half a century. Even a slight increase of 0.2 percent in hourly wages generated a yearly gain of […]

Negative Territory

By Isaac Cohen* US economic activity is entering the end of the year, according to the central bank, “rising at a strong rate.” www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/files/monetary20181108a1.pdf The expectation is that the rate of growth for the year as a whole will be around 3 percent, with unemployment remaining at 3.7 percent, the lowest rate in almost fifty […]

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