Latin America & Caribbean

Miscarriage of Justice

Last week, Guadalupe spent her first night at home as a free woman following seven years in prison. After mounting international and local pressure prompted the Salvadoran government to issue a pardon in her case, she was quietly released…

El Salvador Releases One Woman Wrongfully Imprisoned, But Refuses to Pardon 15 Others

(PRESS RELEASE) On the same day local advocates celebrate the official release of “Guadalupe”—a rape survivor who became pregnant, suffered an obstetric emergency, was charged for having an abortion and later wrongfully imprisoned for homicide—anonymous sources have confirmed that El…

President Bachelet Introduces Legislation to Decriminalize Abortion in Chile

(PRESS RELEASE) President Michelle Bachelet of Chile introduced a bill Saturday that would allow women access to safe and legal abortion services in cases of sexual violence, fetal impairments and life-endangerment…

Justice Undone

With one of the world’s most extreme abortion bans, El Salvador prohibits women from receiving an abortion under any circumstance—not in cases of rape or incest, not even to save their lives. Since 1998, dozens of women have been wrongfully criminalized and imprisoned under this law—even

El Salvador Issues Pardon of Woman Wrongfully Imprisoned for Pregnancy Complications

(PRESS RELEASE) After failing to do so last week, today El Salvador’s Congress has finally approved a pardon for “Guadalupe,” a Salvadoran rape survivor wrongfully imprisoned for homicide after suffering a pregnancy-related complication…

Salvadoran Woman Wrongfully Imprisoned for Pregnancy-Related Complications Denied Pardon

(PRESS RELEASE) El Salvador’s Congress has denied freedom to “Guadalupe,” a rape survivor who became pregnant, suffered an obstetric emergency and was wrongfully convicted of and imprisoned for homicide—failing to approve her pardon on Friday by just one vote, despite the recommendation…

What a Sham

“Why is there an RV in our parking lot?” Amy Hagstrom Miller, owner of Whole Woman’s Health, remembers thinking one morning as she looked out the window of her Austin, Texas, clinic…

Our Top Five

In the face of ongoing, aggressive attacks on reproductive freedom in 2014, we continued to give our all to protect women’s fundamental rights—with big results…

Dominican Republic Decriminalizes Abortion in Limited Circumstances

(PRESS RELEASE) President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic signed the country’s amended Penal Code on Friday that will finally allow women access to safe abortion services in cases of rape, incest, fetal impairment and when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk—a momentous step…

Dominican Republic Set to Allow Abortion in Limited Circumstances

(PRESS RELEASE) The Dominican Republic Chamber of Deputies has agreed to amend the country’s Penal Code to allow abortion in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk—a major step toward expanding access to safe and legal abortion…

Our Work in Focus

[UPDATE] After 10 years of wrongful imprisonment after she had a stillbirth, our client Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, was denied her freedom and will remain in El Salvador’s Ilopango prison until 2038…
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