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Jan-Albert Hootsen is America’s Mexico City correspondent.
Police tape borders a crime scene in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in January 2018. (CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzales, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenOctober 21, 2020
In Mexico, where both organized and petty crime has exploded to unprecedented levels, vigilante justice has become increasingly common; citizens who gun down assailants during robbery attempts often make headlines as heroes.
Joanely Martinez displays a sign—"I want to go out...to run, to walk, to enjoy myself without violence, without fear"—during the women's march on March 8, 2020, in Mexico City. She said the government "does nothing" to protect women, who are demanding the authorities do more to stop the murder of women and girls. (CNS photo/David Agren)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenAugust 06, 2020
Mexico has long been plagued by often brutal violence against women and children. Just under 11 women are killed on average each day in Mexico because of gender-based violence.
In Mexico City on March 31 a woman walks past a sign that urges: “Stay home.” Mexico's government broadened its shutdown of “non essential activities” and prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people to help slow down the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenApril 02, 2020
At each of Mexico City’s 13 prisons, hundreds of people are still admitted each visiting day to see their imprisoned family members. For the inmates, they are a vital lifeline.
Following, carefully, in his father’s footsteps—Homero Gómez in El Rosario. Photo by Jan-Albert Hootsen.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenMarch 09, 2020
A shadow hangs over El Rosario where each year millions of monarch butterflies alight on the reserve's fir trees. Two local protectors of Mexico's monarch preserve have been killed, and so far, no one can say what happened to them.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenDecember 10, 2019
Mr. LeBarón, the family's spokesperson, said he hopes he can channel the grief and anger over the killings into a broad social movement. “We want to unite the whole country. We want a social movement, not a political one,” he said.
Clouds of smoke from burning cars mar the skyline of Culiacan, Mexico. The Mexican city lived under drug cartel terror for 12 hours as gang members forced the government to free a drug lord. (AP Photo/Hector Parra)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenOctober 21, 2019
Mexico is on edge after a wave of violence hit the country last week, culminating in heavy fighting between the army and alleged members of organized crime in Culiacán, the capital of the northern state of Sinaloa, that lasted for hours on Oct. 17.
Migrants eat at a Catholic-run shelter in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, May 10, 2019. (CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenSeptember 05, 2019
The increased attention by Mexican police and armed forces is encouraging undocumented migrants to avoid shelters, many of which are run by the Catholic Church here, and to follow more dangerous routes through Mexico, aid workers warn.
Armed members of the Mexican Army and state police arrive in Chilapa in 2016 to participate in an operation against organized crime. (CNS photo/Francisca Meza, EPA)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenJune 10, 2019
According to the federal government, at least 8,493 people were killed during the first three months of this year. If this trend continues, the year will end with approximately 35,000 murders in Mexico—more than the already record-breaking 34,202 homicide victims of last year.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenMarch 29, 2019
Bringing their product from field to coffee bar through these fair trade networks means coffee growers in one of the poorest areas in Mexico are less vulnerable to volatile commodity market price shifts.
“No more dictatorship” is the message of this walkout against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Jan. 30. Doctors in scrubs, businessmen in suits and construction workers in jeans gathered to demand that Maduro step down in a demonstration organized by the nation's reinvigorated opposition. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenFebruary 01, 2019
Mexico's call for a summit is the latest twist in a crisis that continues to divide the world after Venezuela’s embattled socialist president, Nicolás Maduro, was sworn in for a second term.