Venezuelan journalist based in San Jose, California. 15 years of experience as a reporter, editor and alliance builder in Latin America and the US. Worked with Efe News, BBC, Terra.com, El Nuevo Herald, and others. Co-founded Venezuela Decoded. Follow me @Avilesm
Latest posts by Mary Aviles
"...if you give young women a chance by giving them an education, they can become valuable," says director Samantha Grant about her film "Daughters of the Forest".
Through Hardships to the Stars: These Latin American Children Won’t Let Garbage Stand in the Way of Music
“Per aspera ad astra” means reaching the stars despite hardships. Youngsters from Mexico and Paraguay, whether living among garbage or using it to build musical instruments, are doing just that.
From the anniversary of the disappearance of Ayotzinapa's students to the controversy surrounding the inauguration of Argentina's new president, we review the stories we shared on Latin America during 2015.
"Being contained and invisible within masculine nouns forces women to ask themselves the same question thousands of times throughout their lives: 'Are they speaking about me?'"
Some 1,500 Cubans are stranded at the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua after Nicaragua denies them entry, and violently turns them away alleging "violation of sovereignty."
Almost 300 Colombian families of African descent converted to Islam 40 years ago as a form of empowerment in the face of marginalization.
Hate crimes and gender violence are once again in the spotlight after the death of a prominent fighter for transgender rights in Argentina.
A Landslide in Guatemala Killed More Than 200 People This Month. Here’s How You Can Help the Victims.
The Guatemalan Red Cross has put in place various measures to help the victims of a landslide in the town of El Cambray Dos that killed more than 200 people.
“Gone with the River” by Mario Crespo is Venezuela's Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language Film… https://t.co/XR8tzauaSU — Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film) September 3, 2015 Lo que lleva el río (“Gone With the River”), from Cuban-Venezuelan filmmaker Mario Crespo Dauna, is a Venezuelan film shot almost entirely in Warao, the language...
It's About Time to End Female Genital Mutilation in the Only Latin American Country Where It Still Exists
Female genital mutilation is a practice usually associated with African countries, but in some indigenous communities in Colombia it's still being practiced.
How a petition on Change.org pushed a family improving the lives of thousands of U.S-bound migrants towards a nomination at the 2015 Princess of Asturias awards.
Chicas Poderosas is a movement that trains women in journalism to help bring more diversity to newsrooms in Latin America.
Blunders made by Bolivian civil servants show how simple mistakes quickly escalate in social media.
Media Factory, a startup accelerator which focuses on the business of online news and journalism, announced the second class of its news acceleration program, seeking to support new digital-only media ventures in Latin America during 2015. Teams should be based anywhere in the region and have a strong professional network, successful experience generating...
A photo of a Mexican revolutionary who looks like Manny Pacquiao has gone viral few days before the Filipino boxing icon's fight today against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas for three champions belts (OMB, CMB y la AMB) in the welterweight division. In Twitter there were many tweets related to the picture: Resulta que el abuelo de...
Only five Latin American countries have recognized the Armenian genocide, among them Argentina, where a journalist tells the story of her grandparents harrowing escape.
Periodistas de a Pie (@periodistasdeapie), an active journalist organization that aims to raise the quality of journalism in Mexico, received the International Journalism Award Julio Anguita Parrado in Spain. Through training and exchanging investigation techniques, experiences, reporting strategies, narrative styles and ways of approaching a story with colleagues, the group aims...
Cuba's participation in the 2015 Summit of the Americas will make history, and the inevitable encounter between the Venezuelan and US presidents will be full of tension.
Peru's Congress recently censured its Prime Minster for the first time in 50 years. Expect the battles between the legislature and the executive to continue.
Ximena Gutiérrez, a Nicaraguan mother, recovered her child who was detained by his father at the German Embassy in Nicaragua. Arun was taken to the Embassy's office in Managua by his father, a German citizen. Considering the unwillingness to leave the place, the little child's mother reported to the authorities...
The perils of crossing the border between Mexico and the United States are well documented, but for thousands of undocumented migrants from Central America, crossing Mexico is even more dangerous. To reach the US border, undocumented migrants from Central America undertake a dangerous 1,500-mile trip through Mexico, where they risk...