A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House of Representatives Judiciary Committee":

"… as excessive in a widely covered press release issued in July by House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who opposes federal expendit …"

Federal complaint challenges Texas town's new ban on housing any border kids

By Susan Ferriss

Civil rights groups are challenging ordinances that prohibit cooperation with federal officials if they ask to shelter kids in towns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… en’s Fund reports that 93 percent of children in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are vaccinated against measles, compared to 92 percent of American kids. …"

Trains, amputations and the roots of why kids are on the run

By Susan Ferriss

Reports have long warned of chaos in Central America many minors say they want to escape.

Excerpts from this story referencing "judge":

"… options. Those options include asking for an immigration hearing before a judge rather than being deported immediately. Deportations of non-Mexican or Can …"

Class-action suit: Wrong to put kids into immigration court with no lawyers to help

By Susan Ferriss

Kids whose dad was killed by gangsters are among the plaintiffs in a suit arguing that children should have lawyers in immigration court.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eric Holder":

"… the child,” says the suit, which was filed against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other federal officials. …"

"… fficking—goes to the core of who we are as a nation,” Attorney General Eric Holder said when the project was announced.  The child-focused effort, Hold …"

Herbicide ban on hold in Sri Lanka, as source of deadly kidney disease remains elusive

By Sasha Chavkin

After Sri Lanka's announced ban on a Monsanto herbicide, opponents challenged the action and convinced the president to put the ban on hold.

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… . The delay represents a setback to efforts by some scientists and health officials, primarily in Sri Lanka and El Salvador, to remove the herbicide for its …"

"… ricultural workers. Monsanto, other agrochemical producers and Sri Lankan officials, including Registrar of Pesticides Anura Wijesekara, have pushed back, no …"

"… n urine samples of CKDu patients,” Jayasumana said. Sri Lanka pesticide official Wijesekara points to another flaw in the glyphosate theory, in his assessm …"

Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Sri Lanka orders ban on glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, citing kidney disease outbreak; Monsanto said the evidence is unproven.

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… t dramatic measure taken to date to combat the illness. The legislature in El Salvador approved a ban on dozens of agrochemicals including glyphosate last Septem …"

"… at 65 percent of patients’ urine samples also had traces of glyphosate. El Salvador has also identified traces of heavy metals in a small number of affected c …"

"… phosate is used widely in the country. Dr. Carlos Orantes, the director of El Salvador’s national research program into the epidemic, said his team is working …"

"… id his team is working on developing a map of areas with hard water within El Salvador’s borders. “Our primary principal is to protect human lives,” said …"

United Nations report: 'Children on the Run' from violent homelands

By Susan Ferriss

Numbers of Central American and Mexico minors who say they're fleeing violence are surging.

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… ol apprehensions of minors traveling on their own from three countries — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — leaped from about 4,060 in 2011 to nearly 21,5 …"

"… worst crime and murder rates in the world. Fifteen-year-old Maritza, from El Salvador, told researchers that a gang member warned her uncle that another man had …"

"… a gang member warned her uncle that another man had his eye on her. “In El Salvador, they take young girls, rape them and throw them in plastic bags,” Marit …"

CDC launches industry-financed studies of deadly kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

The CDC launches industry-funded research into a kidney disease killing thousands of Central American agricultural workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… growing, but scientific debate still churns. Government-backed studies in El Salvador and Sri Lanka have found pesticides and fertilizers to be the primary caus …"

"… ysterious ailment has become a political Rorschach test. The left-leaning El Salvadoran government, backed by Cuban doctors, blames pesticides imported by Weste …"

Money, research target mystery kidney disease in Americas

By Sasha Chavkin

Escalating a search for the cause of a mysterious kidney disease, health ministers from the Americas target money and research to CKD.

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… ks a significant turnaround for PAHO, which in 2011 rejected a proposal by El Salvador to recognize chronic kidney disease in agricultural workers as a distinct …"

"… .’s agenda and U.S. delegates were unaware of the ailment’s severity. El Salvador has since led a campaign by Central American nations demanding greater att …"

"… . Today, chronic kidney disease is the leading cause of hospital deaths in El Salvador, the PAHO resolution said. Dr. Carlos Orantes, director of El Salvador’ …"

"… in El Salvador, the PAHO resolution said. Dr. Carlos Orantes, director of El Salvador’s national research and treatment programs for the disease, compared the …"

Countries target pesticides as suspected link to rare kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Governments from El Salvador to Sri Lanka explore the role of pesticides in a malady killing laborers, as other scientists eye heat stress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… e of a mysterious form of kidney disease killing agricultural workers. In El Salvador, the congress approved a ban earlier this month on 53 agrochemicals. If th …"

"… ontemplated so far: The ban on 53 agrochemicals approved on September 5 by El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly, including leading products such as glyphosate, t …"

"… The move to prohibit major commercial brands has sparked resistance from El Salvador’s Chamber of Agriculture and Agribusiness (CAMAGRO), along with politici …"

"… to all of agriculture.” Monsanto confirmed it sells glyphosate in El Salvador and across Latin America, but said it is confident the product does not ca …"

New urgency targets mysterious kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

In El Salvador, health ministries formally recognize a kidney disease killing laborers — and vow deeper scrutiny of its causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… n humans,” said Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Seneff published a study last week raising concer …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Antonio":

"… e, and his family was struggling. After three years of work at the Ingenio San Antonio plantation, he was diagnosed with CKD at 17.He continued to work — provi …"

"… ing that the ailment be compensated as an occupational illness.The Ingenio San Antonio sugar plantation is the epicenter of the fight. There, workers have been p …"

"… or practices caused the disease. After the World Bank provided the Ingenio San Antonio with a $55 million loan in 2006, workers complained to the Bank’s ombuds …"

New voting rules make getting Latinos to the polls harder than ever

By Lindsey Ruta and Annelise Russell

Latinos could be a potent voting force in the Southwest, but traditionally low voter turnout could get even lower with new ID laws.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… olicitor General David Cole said the state plans to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.Tammy Patrick, a federal compliance officer at the Maricopa County Recorde …"

Costa Rica to study kidney disease afflicting sugarcane workers

By Sasha Chavkin

In Costa Rica, health officials and one company step up against a disease that's claimed thousands of lives in Central America

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… outbreak. In February 2011, the United States helped defeat a proposal by El Salvador and other Central American nations to include CKD in an initiative by the …"

The weekly watchdog: Dec. 12 - Dec. 16

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed them, catch up on this week's top investigations from iWatch News

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… ple died each year — mostly manual laborers in harsh sugarcane fields of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. As the death toll rises, those in a position to …"

About this project

A look at the reporting process behind 'Island of the Widows'

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… ein (CPI) …"

"… 2005 to 2009, CKD claimed more than 2,800 men each year in the region; in El Salvador it is now the second-leading cause of death among adult men.This was the p …"

"… heehy for Public Radio International’s The World. Sheehy is based in the El Salvador offices of El Faro, an investigative website edited by Carlos Dada, a memb …"

"… )Univision (television)El Nuevo Herald, MiamiLa Nacion, Costa RicaEl Faro, El SalvadorSemana, NicaraguaHoy, ChicagoAl Dia, DallasLa Opinion, Los AngelesProject e …"


A note of the data and analysis for 'Island of the Widows'

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… interviews and observations indicated the ailment was present: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Studies have indicated the disease is spreading …"

"… ystem. But even this increase pales compared to men in Central America. In El Salvador and Nicaragua, the countries where data is complete from 1990 to 2009, mal …"

"… a cause of death being recorded. Dr. Mario Melendez Montano, who works in El Salvador, said that a significant proportion of CKD deaths are never recorded at al …"

Thousands of sugar cane workers die as wealthy nations stall on solutions

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Mysterious kidney disease has killed thousands of men in an isolated region of Central America, but why?

Excerpts from this story referencing "International Finance Corporation":

"… May 2007. Neither report mentioned CKD. In October 2006, the board of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) — the World Bank’s lender for private-sector projects — approv …"

Miles de trabajadores de caña de azúcar mueren ante escasez de acción oficial

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Miles de trabajadores de caña de azúcar mueren ante escasez de acción oficial

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… e Periodistas de Investigación (ICIJ, por sus siglas en inglés). Solo en El Salvador y Nicaragua, en las últimas dos décadas el número de hombres que murier …"

"… e debería morir de enfermedad renal”, dijo Ramón Trabanino, médico de El Salvador que ha estudiado la epidemia durante una década. La oleada de casos de e …"

"… o “nefropatía azucarera”. El director del programa nacional de ERC de El Salvador ha escrito acerca de una “nefropatía regional mesoamericana” que alg …"

"… tidad de trabajadores jóvenes y de edad mediana llegaban a su hospital en El Salvador, todos con casos avanzados de ERC. “Por algún motivo esto le parece nor …"

Nixon to grand jury: $100,000 cash contributions and rewarding donors with ambassadorships

By John Aloysius Farrell

Nixon's description of campaign largesse in the Watergate era echoes today's environment

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… ra.Now that many of those reforms have been dismantled by Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, fundraising for the 2012 election will be conducted under the kind of unb …"

Cartels carve new drug routes in Central America

By Nick Miroff

In a Belizean town known for its trade in contraband, illicit drugs cast a new shadow

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… lvatrucha — 18th Street rivalry that has spread from Los Angeles to El Salvador.One reason for the violence, Belize’s top police official told me: big t …"

Salmonella outbreak traced to cantaloupes in Guatemala

By Brandon Quester and Tarryn Mento

Cantaloupe, a frequent carrier of pathogens that cause foodborne illness, is imported by the U.S. more than any other nation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… and a 2010 recall by Del Monte Fresh Produce of cantaloupes distributed in Michigan that were grown in and shipped from Arizona.In the 2009 and 2010 instances …"

Limousine liberals? Number of government-owned limos has soared under Obama

By Joe Eaton

The number of limousines owned by the federal government has jumped 73 percent in the first two years of the Obama administration

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… 997 Ford Crown Victoria in Bangladesh, and a 2009 Mercury Grand Marquis in El Salvador, were incorrectly recorded as limos.If the data is correct, some federal e …"

Daily Watchdog: Deteriorating conditions in Central America pose security threat

By Laurel Adams

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… icide rates in the world. In 2010, the homicide rate per 100,000 people in El Salvador was at 66, Guatemala was at 50 and Honduras at 77. The often publicized ho …"

George H.W. Bush — Revisited

By John Solomon

He’s 86 now, his eyebrows silver and his legs weakened by Parkinson’s-like symptoms. But as George Herbert Walker Bush approaches his twilig

Excerpts from this story referencing "George H.W. Bush":

"… g on the need for more democracy in the Central American nation."I watched George H.W. Bush confront the man directly about the drug trade, his support for bad people …"

Latin American investigative conference keen on collaborations

By Ricardo Sandoval Palos

In only its second run, the Latin American Conference on Investigative Journalism – held last weekend in Buenos Aires – has become one of th

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… to report on crime amid car bombs and threats from drug traffickers; from El Salvador, El Faro.net’s Carlos Dada recounted what it took to chase down a Cold W …"

Exporting prices

By M. Asif Ismail

Drug makers' trade group makes the industry's priorities U.S. trade policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. government":

"… ottom line. In response, the pharmaceutical industry has been lobbying the U.S. government to lobby on its behalf.In addition to PhRMA, the Biotechnology Indust …"

A Spy Inc. no stranger to controversy

LONDON / WASHINGTON, June 12, 2002 — Even within the secretive world of private military companies, AirScan is noted for being unforthcoming

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… who commanded U.S. military advisors engaged in the unacknowledged war in El Salvador.According to company statements, “AirScan has conducted numerous day/nig …"

Pentagon trained troops led by officer accused in Colombian massacre

WASHINGTON, D.C. March 30, 2000 — Pentagon officials, under pressure to investigate alleged links between elite U.S. military trainers and C

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… ed against Colombian civilians. Robert E. White, former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador and Paraguay and president of the Center for International Policy, warned …"

Open your mind

By Stephen Engelberg

NEW YORK, March 1, 1999 — Day-to-day, investigative reporting is about sweat and perseverance. Forget about the widely held view that govern

Excerpts from this story referencing "editor":

"… er, having managed to find a few stories of note, I came to New York as an editor on the foreign desk. When Flight TWA 800 exploded in the skies over Long I …"

"… o all of the experts advancing their views hourly on CNN? Easy, one of the editors later told the Washington Post: We don’t have CNN on in our office duri …"