5 links from the past week
- The Washington Post produced the most thorough mapping you’ll ever see of where, when, and how all sections of Trump’s border wall would be built.
- Several reporters at Colombia’s La Silla Vacía produced a deep dive into the more than 180 demobilized FARC combatants who have been murdered since the 2016 peace accord. The ex-guerrillas interviewed place a surprising amount of blame on the security forces, who are directly alleged to be the perpetrators of only a handful of cases.
- At ProPublica, Dara Lind reported on the slapdash, disorganized, and shockingly dehumanizing way that CBP and Border Patrol are carrying out the Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle asylum. Border Patrol agents “wield nearly unchecked power over the fate of migrants” because the whole system is a mess.
- The Fronteras Desk reported on security conditions in Sonora, Mexico. Sonora had been relatively less violent than other border states, but in the post-“Chapo” era, the Sinaloa cartel’s dominance over criminality is slipping and homicides are surging.
- A Human Rights Watch report identified 138 people who were murdered in El Salvador after being deported from the United States, just since 2013. (HRW also produced shorter research this week on abuses in Venezuela’s illegal gold mines and evidence tampering in a 2019 police massacre in Rio de Janeiro.)