Tapir born in a Nicaraguan zoo brings hope for species preservation | AFP

Nicaragua welcomes “Valentina”, a Central American tapir born in captivity at the National Zoo, within the framework of a project that seeks to conserve this animal in danger of extinction due to hunting and the destruction of its natural habitat in the jungle.

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‘Miss Gay El Salvador’ on a mission to promote LGBT rights | AFP

Newly crowned drag-queen Wendy Valenzuela says she feels ‘a little afraid’ after winning ‘Miss Gay El Salvador’, but says she is intent on promoting tolerance and sexual diversity in the Central American country where 600 members of the LGBTI community have been assassinated since 1993.

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US border patrol agents: part bloodhound, part police, part rescuer | AFP

Operating in remote and inhospitable terrain miles from anywhere, the green-clad Border Patrol agents are on the frontlines of a wave of Central American migrants heading into the US that has prompted a crackdown by President Donald Trump. AFP journalists accompanied the Border Patrol for three days in Texas, documenting the routine of the agents tasked with guarding the frontier amid growing controversy over Trump’s immigration policy.

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Mexican authorities detain 800 Central American migrants | AFP

Mexican authorities detained 800 migrants from Honduras and Salvador Thursday in Ciudad Hidalgo. The migrants had earlier crossed the Suchiate border river, asking Mexican authorities for a transit visa to the US. They were resting in a makeshift migrant camp when the Mexican national guard broke it up.

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Central American migrants walk to the US in search of a better future | AFP

Hundreds of Central American migrants walk in Mexico towards the United States in a new caravan that left from Honduras, gathering an estimated 3,500 people as it made its way across Guatemala.

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Hundreds of Central American migrants cross into Mexico from Guatemala | AFP

Hundreds of Central American migrants make their way in Mexico after crossing the Suchiate river on the border with Guatemala, forming a column and trekking to Ciudad Hidalgo, in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. IMAGES

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Migrants wade across river, trying to enter Mexico

Hundreds of Central American migrants waded across the Suchiate River into southern Mexico on Monday in a new test of US President Donald Trump’s Central America strategy to keep them away from the US border. (Jan. 21)

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Thousands of migrants await to enter Mexico legally on border bridge | AFP

Thousands of Central American migrants wait on the Rodolfo Robles Guatemala-Mexico border bridge as they hope to enter Mexico legally, on their journey to the US. IMAGES

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Hondurans defy border control and cross into Guatemala | AFP

Scenes of chaos at Guatemala border control as hundreds of Hondurans make their way towards the US, in search of a better life, despite barriers imposed by President Donald Trump in collaboration with the Central American governments. IMAGES

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Mexico: Volunteers spread Christmas cheer to migrant children | AFP

In his traditional white beard and red suit, Santa Claus arrives in the border city of Juarez in to give toys to Mexican and Central American migrant children who, along with their parents, are camping in terrible conditions as they wait and hope to receive asylum in the United States.

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Migrants cross Honduras and head to Mexico, US | AFP

Streams of hopeful migrants cross Honduras as they head towards Mexico and the US, making it difficult for the Central American country to fulfil its designation as a safe third country by temporarily accepting U.S.-bound asylum seekers.

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Migrant protesters block bridge between Mexico and the US | AFP

Hundreds of Central American migrants occupy a bridge between the Mexican border city of Matamoros and Brownsville, Texas, and call on U.S. authorities to speed up asylum procedures.

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Guatemalan voters react to conservative Giammattei win | AFP

Guatemalan voters react a day after conservative Alejandro Giammattei was elected president, sweeping to victory on promises to stem mass migrations to the United States by combating poverty, corruption and violence in the Central American country.

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Africans flee to South America on journey to US

Hundreds of Africans are joining Central American migrants on the long, dangerous journey for seeking asylum in the US. One family shares their experience after fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo through South America. (July 16)

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Trump signs $4.6 billion border aid package

President Donald Trump signed a $4.6 billion aid package on Monday to help the federal government cope with the surge of Central American immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. (July 1)

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Nicaragua, new frontrunner on the world cigar market | AFP

Cuban entrepreneurs who fled the Castro-led revolution around 50 years ago spread their savoir-faire for cigars through Nicaragua and now this Central American country is one of the top tobacco producers in Latin America and leads the number of exports to the United States. For cigar-maker Nestor Plasencia, his company “gives joy to the people.”

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From El Salvador to Texas, navigating the US asylum maze | AFP

After leaving her home in El Salvador, Yolanda, like thousands of Central American migrants, is seeking asylum in the United States. Separated from her teenage daughter and year-old grandson at the border, she is now waiting for a court hearing that, she hopes, will bring them together again.

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Mexico detains 791 migrants, including 368 children under eight | AFP

A total of 791 Central American migrants, including 368 children under the age of eight, have been detained in the Mexican state of Veracruz, officials say.

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Central American migrants cross over Mexico’s southern border | AFP

Central American migrants cross into Mexico from Guatemala via the Suchiate river as others await on the border to normalize their situation, amid speculation about the contents of Mexico’s deal to curb migration in order to avert President Donald Trump’s threat of tariffs.

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Central American migrants detained on Mexico’s southern border | AFP

Authorities on Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala detain undocumented Central American migrants hoping to reach the US, amid speculation about the contents of Mexico’s deal to curb migration in order to avert President Donald Trump’s threat of tariffs. IMAGES

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Mexican artist unveils protest ‘United States of Immigrants’ flag | AFP

A Mexican artist displays giant US flags inscribed with the words “United States of Immigrants” on the border fence between the two countries in an effort “to raise awareness,” just as Mexico scrambles to slow the flow of Central American migrants to the US to head off President Donald Trump’s threat of potentially catastrophic tariffs on Mexican goods.

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Mexico blocks new caravan of Central American migrants | AFP

Authorities block a new caravan of Central American migrants after they entered Mexico bound for the United States, as the government scrambled to dodge President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs over undocumented immigration.

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