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Mary Aviles

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

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Latest posts by Mary Aviles

1 March 2017

‘Daughters of the Forest’ Documents How Education Empowers Young Women in Rural Paraguay

"...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".

29 November 2016

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.

31 December 2015

A Look Back on the Stories We Told About Latin America in 2015

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.

30 December 2015

In Spanish, Inclusive Language Can Be at Odds With Grammar Rules

"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?'"

23 November 2015

The Struggle of More Than One Thousand Cuban Immigrants Stranded in Central America

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."

3 November 2015

Meet the Flourishing Muslim Community in Buenaventura, Colombia

Almost 300 Colombian families of African descent converted to Islam 40 years ago as a form of empowerment in the face of marginalization.

25 October 2015

Transgender Activist's Death Shows That Argentina’s Fight Against Gender Violence Is Far From Over

Hate crimes and gender violence are once again in the spotlight after the death of a prominent fighter for transgender rights in Argentina.

15 October 2015

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.

28 August 2015

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.

17 August 2015

‘Las Patronas': Making Mexico’s ‘Train of Death’ a More Humane Place

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.

31 July 2015

This Is What Happens When You Give Power to the ‘Chicas’

Rising Voices

Chicas Poderosas is a movement that trains women in journalism to help bring more diversity to newsrooms in Latin America.

14 May 2015

Bolivia's Civil Service Wracked by a Series of Social Media Slip-Ups

Blunders made by Bolivian civil servants show how simple mistakes quickly escalate in social media.

26 April 2015

‘There Is a Word Missing in the History of the Armenian Genocide: Justice’

Only five Latin American countries have recognized the Armenian genocide, among them Argentina, where a journalist tells the story of her grandparents harrowing escape.

10 April 2015

All Eyes on Cuba, Venezuela and the US at the Summit of the Americas

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.

6 April 2015

Peru's Congress Censures Prime Minister Ana Jara in the Throes of Domestic Spying Scandal

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.

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