Category Archives: Student Blog

Holding the Truth Hostage: Why Paramilitaries’ Calls for Repatriation Should Go Unanswered

By: Sean Werkheiser, 3L Recently, the right-wing paramilitary group Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC) called for two former leaders of its predecessor group, the AUC, to be repatriated to Colombia from the United States, where they are currently serving lengthy prison sentences after having been extradited on charges of drug trafficking and materially supporting a foreign terrorist […]

Colombia Declares War on Junk Food

Photo Credit: Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group/Getty Images By: Camila Real, 2L Colombia has become one of the first countries to pass a health tax on junk food. Its new Tax Reform Bill imposes a gradual phase of tax increases on ultra-processed foods and foods high in salt and saturated fats. Ultra-processed foods will incur an […]

Israel-Hamas War Affects Latin America, Too: Leftist-Governments Oppose Israel—Seen as a Proxy for the United States—Yet Both Sides Are Accused of War Crimes

Photo Credit: REUTERS By: Nicole Vahlkamp, 2L At least thirty nationals from Latin American countries are unaccounted for as a result of Hamas’s violent attacks inside Israel on October 7, 2023, in which 1400 Israelis were killed and over 240 were taken hostage. As of October 9th, threeBrazilians, and two nationals from Peru, Paraguay, and Mexico, respectively, […]

United States proposes settlement for Families Separated at U.S. Border Under the Trump Administration’s Zero-tolerance Policy

Photo Credit: Erik Gay/Associated Press By: Ariana Kravetz, 2L The United States reached a proposed settlement agreement on October 16, 2023, in the case of Ms. L., et al. v. ICE, et al. This lawsuit, filed in 2018 on behalf of a Congolese mother who was separated from her seven-year-old daughter at the U.S.-Mexico border, grew to become […]