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Legislator Urges Government To Enforce Fine For Illegals Overstaying Their Welcome In Costa Rica

The Ley General de Migración y Extranjería (Immigration Law) establishes a fine of US$100 for each month a foreigner overstays their visa period in Costa Rica. However, the collection of the fine was never implemented from the getgo in 2014 and continues currently suspended. But why? According...

565 Homicides So Far This Year, 58 Are Women

The finding of the body of a woman inside a metal drum raises the homicide rate for the year to 565, according to data provided by the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ). According to the Observatorio de Género del Poder Judicial (Gender Observatory of the...

Colombia Struggles to Convict Killers of Women, Experts Say

A law aimed at reducing Colombia’s female homicide rate — of three killings per day — has struggled to secure convictions as people tend to blame or disbelieve women and excuse men for violence, experts said Thursday. Girls paint a banner during a demonstration to...

Man Who Murdered His ‘Significant Other’ in Costa Rica Was Convicted in Nicaragua

After three years on the lam, a Nicaraguan man was arrested and convicted in his country for murdering his significant other in the Guanacaste town of Filadeldia, in Costa Rica. The man was identified as Misael García Calero, sought by Santa Cruz authorities for the...

400 Women In Costa Rica Flee Their Homes Every Year At The Risk of Being Killed

Nearly 400 women each year in Costa Rica must leave their homes to seek refuge in shelters of the Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres (Inamu) - National Institute of Women - in the face of "imminent danger of death" due to domestic violence. This is...

Costa Rica Supreme Court Chief Justice Publishes His Cell Phone Number In Support Of Women Victims of Domestic Violence

As a sign of commitment to the eradication of violence against in Costa Rica, Supreme Court Chief Justice Carlos ChinchillaChinchilla publicly gave out his telephone number (84241313) to attendees during an activity organized by the National Institute for Women (Inamu). "If you call me, I...

Legislator Considering Bill To Criminalize Hate Crimes In Costa Rica

Legislator Enrique Sanchez, of the Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC), said he will push for a law to criminalize hate crimes. "When a trans girl is murdered here in the street, in the statistics it appears as a common murder of between two men because...

20 Year-Old Siquirres Woman 12th Femicide Of The Year

Kimberly Jazmín Barrantes Pérez, 20 years of age, is the eight femicide this year, losing her life at the hands of her former partner. According to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ, in the attack that occurred Saturday night in Siquirres de Limón, a man...

Murdered Woman Was Planning To Report Her Husband On Monday For Domestic Violence

  Kattia Vargas Azofeifa, 44,  was tired of the violence and abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband, and on Monday (yesterday) she was going to file a complaint against him for domestic violence. She never made it carry out her intention. Her lifeless...

What is the cost of violence against women for their health, their children, and their work?

  (Q24N) Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) suffers disproportionately from the impact of violence against women compared to other regions. The vast majority of victims are men, and especially young people. But the impact on women is also high, and manifests itself in many...

Men Who Commit Femicide Lose Rights Over Their Children in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (IPS) - In January 2008, Rosana Galliano was shot to death in Exaltación de la Cruz, a rural municipality 80 km from Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. Her ex-husband, José Arce, who was sentenced to life in prison, had hired hitmen to kill...

Violence Against Women in Guanacaste is 38% Higher Than the Rest of the Country’s

Q COSTA RICA, by María Fernanda Cruz, Vozdeguanacaste.com - Antonio and Marta started living together thirteen years ago when she was 17 and he was 33. “I left my friends, family, everything because he asked me to,” she says in an anonymous interview with...

María Magdalena: Story of a Femicide Attempt

Q COSTA RICA, by María Fernanda Cruz, Vozdeguanacaste.com -  Murdering women just for being women is called femicide. In 2015 this affected 6 of every 100,000 women. This is a first-person account from one of them, María Magdalena, who is from Nambí de Nicoya. I...

Honduras, The Country That Hates Women

(Q24N) "Here in Honduras, women aren’t worth anything," said Teresa Muñoz, mother of murdered Miss Honduras beauty pageant queen Maria Jose Alvarado. Femicide rates in Honduras are on the rise, according to a new report by the New York Times, sparking growing concern over women's...

Dogs Lead Father To Teenage Daughter’s Corpse

QCOSTARICA - Walking by his young daughter's home Tuesday morning, Marvin Montel Alvarez, he noticed some dogs surrounding a mound of earth. On investigating, he came to the gruesome find, the freshly buried body his daughter. He had last seen her, alive, Sunday night. This...

Woman’s Muder Going To Trial, Finally

QCOSTARICA - Justice in Costa Rica at times moves at a snail's pace. But the case of María Lourdes Dávila Moreno, 26, murdered in a Heredia doctor's office, will finally be going to trial this year, nearly four years after the woman lost her...

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