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A MOTHER´S HEART BROKE: Impoverished Mother Dies In Jail Cell Over Unpaid Fines For Her Kids Missing School

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Impoverished Mother Dies In Jail Cell Over Unpaid Fines For Her Kids Missing School

Have you ever been in jail? I have. No, I didn’t do anything. I’ve worked in criminal justice. I was an intern in a U.S. Probation office and I worked with juvenile delinquents. I’ve visited jails. I didn’t mind the little town jails. They seem almost friendly. But the city jails, especially the big cities. They were awful. I always wanted to leave as quickly as humanly possible.

The big city jails are crowded. The clientele varies from next to nothing in terms of offenses (not being able to pay a fine) to people who can’t make bail for major offenses like murder. There are always prostitutes. And they don’t look like the ones on television. They aren’t pretty and they don’t have hearts of gold. They look beat up and worn. They talk nasty and think it’s funny. The atmosphere is oppressive and the facilities limited…


Indian forest villagers rise up to halt UK firm’s bid to clear land for mining


Children collect flowers in the Mahan forest

Children collect flowers in the Mahan forest, which is threatened by a coalmining project run by the British-registered company Essar. Photograph: Greenpeace


Indian forest villagers rise up to halt UK firm’s bid to clear land for mining

British firm Essar Energy’s plans for open cast mine in Mahan forest plans could destroy villages and 5m trees.


Gethin Chamberlain

The Observer, Saturday 28 June 2014 12.22 BST

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Children collect flowers in the Mahan forest
Children collect flowers in the Mahan forest, which is threatened by a coalmining project run by the British-registered company Essar. Photograph: Greenpeace

India’s new government faces a crucial test of its support for big business over plans to let a British-registered energy company cut down a tract of forest to make way for an open cast coalmine.

Essar Energy – owner of the UK’s Stanlow oil refinery – and its partner…

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Right-Wing Christian Group Tried to Convert This City’s Kids — But They’re Fighting Back





The Desperate Choices Behind Child Migration


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The Desperate Choices Behind Child Migration.

The Desperate Choices Behind Child Migration

By Alexandra Early
June 28, 2014 “ICH” – As someone who just returned from living and working in El Salvador, I’m still having a hard time adjusting to our mainstream media’s never-ending wave of know-nothing commentary on the subject of immigration. A case in point is the column penned by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat on Sunday, June 22nd. Douthat expresses alarm about the “current surge” of “unaccompanied minors from Central America” who are dangerously crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in such unprecedented numbers that the Border Patrol and the courts are now “struggling to care for the children and process their cases.”

What has caused this “children’s migration?” According to Douthat it is “immigration reform’s open invitation”–“the mere promise of amnesty” that has now worsened “some of the humanitarian problems that reformers say they want to solve.” Douthat is a conservative but his solution is a familiar, bi-partisan one: “let’s prove that a more effective enforcement system can be built and only then codify an offer of legal status.”

That immigration policy proposal, per usual, totally ignores what’s really driving the big increase in border crossings by impoverished young Central Americans and what the U.S. government could be doing to make staying in Central America a viable choice.

The “Push Factors”

To see things differently, it helps to put yourself in the shoes of others. Let’s imagine that you are poor single mother living in Apopa, a dangerous city next door to the capital, San Salvador.

You work cleaning houses for $15 a day. Your neighborhood is completely gang dominated. When you take the bus to the house where you work you are often late because the police check the bus and make all the men disembark for body searches. There are some mornings when you wake up and send your daughter to the corner store for eggs and she sees dead bodies in the street. They could be the bodies of a neighbor or a storeowner who refused to pay the extortionate demands of the local gang. Just a few days ago, walking with your son you were caught in a shoot out between two rival gangs. You could do nothing but duck and cover and try to comfort your wailing child.

Your son is 12 and one of the gangs–let’s say la Mara Salvatrucha (MS), the country’s most violent–is starting to recruit him. They want to use him as courier to send messages and deliver drugs. Perhaps more frighteningly, your older daughter, 14 now, is attracting the attention of an MS leader in the neighborhood. You tell her to reject his overtures, but you know how hard it is for any young woman to spurn such a relationship—or end it, once it has begun.

No Rural Refuge

You think about just packing up and moving to the countryside, but you have heard stories. Your next-door neighbor, an office worker, faced gang pressure to pay a fifty-dollar a month extortion fee. So she decided to move back to her hometown, a tiny village in rural San Vicente. But even small towns in El Salvador aren’t safe these days. After your neighbor moved back home, her nephew, a 16 year-old scholarship student was killed in the middle of the afternoon in his own front yard, right across the dirt road. He wasn’t the slightest bit involved in any gang activity. All he did was date the ex-girlfriend of a gang member.

In Apopa, you try to keep your kids inside as much as possible. And you worry. You worry about how you will pay the rent and find the money to send them to high school, let alone college. And you think about sending them to la Usa. Your brother lives in Maryland. Maybe he could cover part of the cost of their journey? You know the journey is dangerous but what other choices are there?

How many American parents have ever had to weigh such terrible options—the danger of daily life for their children versus the dangers of illegal immigration? How many have experienced the emotional pain of resulting family separation—first from parents leaving for work in Los Angeles or Maryland, with their children staying behind, and now from the stream of children and teens following the same route north in search of a safer and better life?

Forced to Leave

In February, with my U.S. passport in hand, I left El Salvador and hopped on a plane headed for the U.S. – adios gangs, adios fear, adios poverty. I left behind many Salvadoran friends who will never be able to do the same thing. Just a few months later, a bright young man from one rural community I often visited left to join his father in Washington State. To me, with a steady job and money in the bank, his beautiful mountainside community seemed like paradise. But the young man couldn’t gain admittance to the one affordable, public university in El Salvador and couldn’t find a job. While Douthat bemoans the fact that Border Patrol agents are “neglecting other law enforcement duties” to deal with the influx of child migrants, I am hoping they will be too busy to catch my young friend and that he will reach his destination safely.

The vast majority of Salvadorans, like other Central Americans, don’t want to migrate to the U.S. They love their families and communities and would much prefer to stay and work or go to school in their own countries. Creating stricter immigration rules and deporting more children will not stop this wave of forced migrants; only giving them the chance to survive and prosper at home will.

U.S. Policy Impact

The U.S. Government could do a lot to make life better in El Salvador and Honduras. But right now they are doing just the opposite. In El Salvador, the Obama administration is currently undercutting efforts by the Salvadoran government to support sustainable, small-scale farming. The U.S. Ambassador has threatened to deny a multimillion-dollar aid package if the FMLN government continues to buy seeds from local farmers, instead of from foreign companies like Monsanto, as part of their highly successful Family Agriculture program.

Meanwhile in Honduras, since the military take-over of June 2009 the U.S. has been supporting a corrupt, illegitimate regime responsible for increased economic inequality and violence. I have participated in a number of human rights and electoral observation delegations to Honduras and heard from community leaders about the hundreds of murders of women, gay people, activists and union leaders that have occurred under the watch of the post-coup regime. If I were Honduran, watching right wing hard liner Juan Orlando Hernandez “win” the presidential election through blatant fraud and intimidation would have been the last straw for me. I would have left too.

I am no Harvard trained political analyst like Ross Douthat, but I know that only a dramatic shift in U.S. foreign policy will help change conditions in Central America and ease the humanitarian crisis at our border. The U.S. government must stop pushing free trade and privatization and start funding social programs. But most of all it must stand up for human rights. And these include the right not to migrate but to stay, study, work, speak out and live happily in your own home country.

Alexandra Early worked for four years in El Salvador as a Coordinator for U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities. She can be reached at earlyave@gmail.com. Via Suzanne Gordon.

See also –

Child Migrants and Media Half-Truths: Most of these mainstream press stories are telling half-truths about child victims, while muddling or downright manipulating the question of who and what is responsible



Prisoner’s seven-year-old son sues Swedish state for not being permitted to visit her father often enough


Prisoner’s seven-year-old son sues Swedish state
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Published: 24 Jun 2014 17:05 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 Jun 2014 17:05 GMT+02:00

The seven-year-old son of a convicted criminal has taken legal action against the Swedish state for not being permitted to visit his father often enough.

The father was handed a 14-year prison sentence in 2010 for aggravated narcotic crimes, and was soon placed in the prison’s secure wing.

The plaintiff is the organization Reclaim Justice, an independent group started by a man previously convicted of fraud who was dissatisfied with Swedish courts and prisons.

“Reclaim Justice is working to improve the Swedish judicial system by illuminating deficiencies in the justice system as well as correctional treatment,” the organization’s Facebook page reads.

The organization pays the costs of the trial and has only asked for a single symbolic krona ($0.15) coin in damages on the boy’s behalf.

“The goal is to point out that the boy has not been allowed to see his father to an adequate degree,” Stig Barrdahl, the lawyer who has drafted the legal action, said.

The lawsuit contends that the boy has suffered both physically and mentally due to the lack of contact with his father.

“My name is NN and I just turned seven,” the introduction of the document reads. It goes on to describe how the boy’s father was originally able to ring him fairly often from the jail, but was then moved to a secure wing where he was only allowed to use the phone once a week for ten minutes. Physical visits also became rarities.

“When dad was at the prison my sister and I could visit him, but we only saw him a couple of times before he was moved. It has been terrible.”

The lawsuit claims that the boy was permitted to see his father less and less frequently, even after a child psychologist recommended that they meet more often.

“Sometimes it goes so long between meetings that I am afraid I won’t recognize him or that he won’t remember me,” the boy said in the summary of grounds for legal action.

The organization is suing the state for violating article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which states that each person has the right to respect for his or her private and family life, home, and correspondence.

“There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right”, the convention states, except when absolutely necessary for national security or well-being.

The Local/sr (news@thelocal.se)

Kids and Prisoners: A Father’s Day Justice System Prison System San Quentin




Kids and Prisoners: A Father’s Day Justice System Prison System San Quentin

Fathers Wave Goodbye To Their Children

Fathers wave goodbye to their children after a visit at San Quentin State Prison.

Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters


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1,900 children languish in Italy’s adoption system – The Local


Italy?s stifling bureaucracy has left 1,900 children waiting to be adopted, despite more than 31,000 couples being on the list of adoption agencies, according

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Deportation Separated Thousands Of U.S.-Born Children From Parents In 2013


WASHINGTON — Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year carried out more than 72,000 deportations of parents who said they had U.S.-born children, according to reports to Congress obtained Wednesday by The Huffington Post.

The reports were se…

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Locked up and left – Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5

Locked up and left – Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5.

“Unser Leben ist eine Droge”

“Unser Leben ist eine Droge”

Brasiliens minderjährige Prostituierte locken Gringos

“Unser Leben ist eine Droge”: Brasiliens minderjährige Prostituierte locken Gringos http://www.n-tv.de/13056566 via @ntvde

Hunderttausende WM-Fans aus dem Ausland sind in Brasilien. Ihnen geht es um den Fußball und die Samba-Stimmung im Gastgeberland. Als Nebenprodukt befürchten Behörden und Kinderschützer mehr Missbrauch von Minderjährigen. Prostitution ist in dem WM-Gastgeberland ab 18 Jahren erlaubt. Trotzdem sind viele Prostituierte jünger.