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Human Rights Violations by Mexican Soldiers Met with Impunity

A report by the Washington Office on Latin America analyzes the Mexican military’s participation in human rights violations and finds accountability for crimes committed by soldiers against civilians to be virtually nonexistent.A <a href="https://www.wola.org/analysis/wola-report-overlooking-justice-human-rights-violations-committed-soldiers-civilians-met-impunity/">report</a> by the <a href="https://www.wola.org">Washington Office on Latin America</a> analyzes the Mexican military’s participation in human rights violations and finds accountability for crimes committed by soldiers against civilians to be virtually nonexistent. The MacArthur-supported report finds that out of 505 investigations into crimes committed by members of the military between 2012 and 2016, only 16 cases resulted in a conviction. Among other recommendations, report researchers urge the Mexican state to prohibit the participation of military personnel in crime investigation and to reserve this responsibility for civilian authorities. More

Advocating for Transparency in Mexico

A Spanish-language report examines cases of severe human rights violations in which the Mexican state has failed to disclose information, crafted untrue narratives, or engaged in tactics to intimidate victims and their families. More

A Fresh Approach to Evaluating Education Systems

A project by the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution provides an alternative and complementary approach to existing methods of evaluating education quality around the globe. More

Post-Conflict Bird Tourism Could Bring Economic Benefit to Colombia

An analysis by the Conservation Strategy Fund finds that more than 278,000 North American bird watchers are interested in visiting Colombia, following a 2016 peace agreement between the government and FARC guerrillas. More

Analysis Finds Pennsylvania’s Methane Emissions Nearly Five Times Higher Than State Figures

Methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas sites may be more than five times higher than what oil and gas companies report to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, according to an analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund.  More

Defining Civic Media Practice

A report by the Engagement Lab at Emerson College examines how civic innovators are using media and technology to counter increasing distrust in institutions such as government and media. More

Racial Disparities in Jail Incarceration Rates Narrow, Though Large Disparities Still Persist

A report by the Vera Institute of Justice finds that while black people are still overwhelmingly overrepresented in local jails nationally, black incarceration is falling while white incarceration is on the rise. More

Report Details Benefits of Energy Efficiency for Low-Income Americans

A report by the Environmental Defense Fund outlines the widespread benefits of low-income energy efficiency programs and concrete steps that states can take as they continue to implement climate solutions. More

Dam Projects Impacting Amazon Ecosystem

The Amazon's ecosystem is being rapidly altered by a wave of new hydropower development, according to a report by the Florida International University Insitute of Water and Environment. More

Assessing Attitudes on Local Justice Systems

A nationwide poll supported by MacArthur found that more than one in three Americans believe rehabilitation and treatment are the primary purposes for jail, as opposed to punishment.  More