Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott is a freelance journalist based in Guatemala. He covers social movements, human rights and politics in Latin America. 

Coronavirus pandemic

Unwelcomed in US - and at home: Deported Guatemalans face threats

Guatemalans deported by the US are threatened and shunned after officials say dozens test positive for the coronavirus.

Unwelcomed in US - and at home: Deported Guatemalans face threats

Coronavirus pandemic

Fears grip Guatemala's Indigenous groups as coronavirus sets in

Residents say Guatemala's healthcare system is not equipped to handle the virus's spread in rural and Indigenous areas.

Fears grip Guatemala's Indigenous groups as coronavirus sets in

Coronavirus pandemic

Guatemalan deported from US tests positive for COVID-19: Official

Authorities say the 29-year-old man started showing symptoms for the novel coronavirus after being deported last week.

Guatemalan deported from US tests positive for COVID-19: Official

Guatemala

Guatemala suspends all deportation flights from US over COVID-19

Officials say the suspension will last until protocols are created that ensure the health of deported asylum seekers.

Guatemala suspends all deportation flights from US over COVID-19

Asylum Seekers

'No human rights': Mexico blocks migrant caravan headed north

National Guard use pepper spray, shields to break up caravan of asylum seekers, migrants outside Tapachula.

'No human rights': Mexico blocks migrant caravan headed north

Asylum Seekers

Chaos at Guatemala-Mexico border as caravan tries to advance

Migrants and asylum seekers fear crossing border in small numbers will lead to their deportations back to Honduras.

Chaos at Guatemala-Mexico border as caravan tries to advance

Honduras

Hondurans march towards Mexico seeking a better future

As living standards in Honduras deteriorate, more and more people are leaving the country in search of a better life.

Hondurans march towards Mexico seeking a better future

Asylum Seekers

US sends asylum seekers to Guatemala as new caravan heads north

More than 2,000 Honduran migrants and asylum seekers leave for US, despite expected obstacles on route and at borders.

US sends asylum seekers to Guatemala as new caravan heads north

Asylum Seekers

As Trump hails cooperation, 5 migrant families sent to Guatemala

Families sent from the US to Guatemala under controversial asylum deal as Trump welcomes Jimmy Morales to White House.

As Trump hails cooperation, 5 migrant families sent to Guatemala

Asylum Seekers

US sends first Honduran to Guatemala under new asylum deal

Rights groups slam controversial asylum agreement between Guatemala and United States.

US sends first Honduran to Guatemala under new asylum deal

Corruption

Guatemala's CICIG: UN-backed anti-corruption body shuts its doors

In its 12 years of existence, CICIG has brought down high-ranking officials, including a president and vice president.

Guatemala's CICIG: UN-backed anti-corruption body shuts its doors

Guatemala

Alejandro Giammattei wins Guatemala's presidential race

Trained surgeon and former head of country's prison system campaigned on fighting crime and corruption.

Alejandro Giammattei wins Guatemala's presidential race