Crime and Security

Guatemala’s first-ever public buses reserved exclusively for use by women began covering routes in Guatemala City yesterday.

Assuming the U.S. government will be operational past the March 18 funding deadline, President Obama will make his first trip to Latin America from March 19-23.

A wave of drug-fueled gang violence hit Acapulco, Mexico this weekend killing up to 30 people, according to Mexican government statements.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield was in Honduras last week to sign over $1.75 million in Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) funds—part of a larger $200 million sum he pledged to Central American nations.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is traveling today to the central Mexican city of Guanajuato for one day of bilateral talks with her counterpart, Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa.

Minister Rodrigo Rivera has announced that in the first week of February he will travel to Washington DC to consult his U.S. counterpart, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, on Colombia’s U.S.-backed efforts to combat drug trafficking.

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