Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott

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

Guatemala

Former first lady leads in Guatemala election

Favoured frontrunner Sandra Torres from the centrist National Unity of Hope party leads after the first round of voting.

Former first lady leads in Guatemala election

Guatemala

Guatemalans vote in general election amid tensions

A top election official recently left the country due to threats of violence.

Guatemalans vote in general election amid tensions

Volcano

Search for dead continues a year after Guatemala volcano eruption

A year after Fuego erupted, burying hundreds under rock and ash, families continue search for their loved ones' remains

Search for dead continues a year after Guatemala volcano eruption

Latin America

Guatemalan village mourns teen who died in US custody

Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, 16, left his Guatemala village to help his family. He died in US custody weeks later.

Guatemalan village mourns teen who died in US custody

Latin America

Guatemala court rejects anti-graft crusader's presidential bid

Constitutional Court rejects the presidential candidacy of former Attorney General Thelma Aldana.

Guatemala court rejects anti-graft crusader's presidential bid

Latin America

'No other option': Climate change driving many to flee Guatemala

Juan de Leon Gutierrez, 16, left his eastern Guatemala home due to years of drought. He died in US custody weeks later.

'No other option': Climate change driving many to flee Guatemala

Guatemala

Indigenous groups march 200km across Guatemala against corruption

Hundreds of indigenous people from across Guatemala walk 200km to demand an end to corruption and rights violations.

Indigenous groups march 200km across Guatemala against corruption

Guatemala

'I lost my son': Guatemala mum mourns boy who died in US custody

Sixteen-year-old Juan de Leon Gutierrez travelled to the US to join his older brother and send money home to his family.

'I lost my son': Guatemala mum mourns boy who died in US custody

Indigenous rights

Displaced indigenous Guatemala war survivors demand reparations

Hundreds of of Achi Mayan people displaced by Chixoy dam demand gov't comply with agreement to pay reparations.

Displaced indigenous Guatemala war survivors demand reparations

Guatemala

Guatemala war survivors demand justice, not amnesty for military

Survivors and families of those killed during country's internal conflict march to reject proposed amnesty bill.

Guatemala war survivors demand justice, not amnesty for military

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