Tamara Pearson is a journalist based in Latin America, and author of The Butterfly Prison. Her writings can be found at her blog www.resistancewords.com.
How can the US address the roots of migration in the region, when it itself sows the seeds for instability, violence, poverty and inequality?
With several dozen politicians already being gunned down in pre-election violence, the country's democratic process is marred by vote-buying and horsetrading.
Unequal trade relationships have created inhumane working conditions in Mexico and Central America, causing large scale human displacement.
Income and racial inequality plagues the country, while community radio stations run by poor people have begun to break social barriers.
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