Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott

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

Asylum Seekers

Palm oil industry expansion spurs Guatemala indigenous migration

Death of Jakelin Caal in US custody highlights how land conflicts and displacement fuel flight from indigenous villages.

Palm oil industry expansion spurs Guatemala indigenous migration

Asylum Seekers

'I do not want to die': Central American exodus grows

Thousands of Hondurans wait on Mexico's border, hoping to find respite from poverty and political violence.

'I do not want to die': Central American exodus grows

Latin America

'I was forced to leave': Central American caravan enters Mexico

Central Americans, some who are fleeing for second time, wait to receive humanitarian visas in Mexico.

'I was forced to leave': Central American caravan enters Mexico

Asylum Seekers

Undeterred by tightened borders, Honduran caravan continues to US

More than 1,800 Central Americans continue to make their way through Guatemala in search of better life in the US.

Undeterred by tightened borders, Honduran caravan continues to US

Honduras

'We live in a crisis in Honduras': New US-bound caravan forms

Over 1,000 Hondurans set off for US border, calling on Trump to give them asylum after fleeing 'crisis' at home.

'We live in a crisis in Honduras': New US-bound caravan forms

Latin America

Guatemalans protest gov't decision to kick out anti-graft body

Hundreds march in Guatemala City against President Morales's attack on constitutional order and anti-corruption efforts.

Guatemalans protest gov't decision to kick out anti-graft body

Corruption

Guatemala court blocks president's expulsion of anti-graft body

Constitutional Court's decision comes days after President Morales suspends UN-backed anti-corruption commission.

Guatemala court blocks president's expulsion of anti-graft body

Latin America

Guatemala to withdraw from UN-backed anti-corruption body

Government gives CICIG staff 24 hours to leave the country, prompting criticism by activists and anti-graft campaigners.

Guatemala to withdraw from UN-backed anti-corruption body

Guatemala

7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in US custody is laid to rest

Jakelin Caal buried on Christmas Day, more than two weeks after she died in US Border and Protection custody.

7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in US custody is laid to rest

Latin America

Guatemalan family mourns Jakelin Caal, 7, who died in US custody

Family of seven-year-old Jakelin, who died in Border Patrol custody, calls on Trump to allow her father to stay in US.

Guatemalan family mourns Jakelin Caal, 7, who died in US custody

Guatemala

Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption forces 4,000 to evacuate

Sunday night conjured up memories of a June eruption, in which nearly 200 were killed and villages were swept away.

Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruption forces 4,000 to evacuate

Latin America

New migrant caravans form as initial groups arrive at US border

Hundreds of Salvadorans, fleeing poverty and violence, begin journey to the US-Mexico border.

New migrant caravans form as initial groups arrive at US border