Mexico + Central America

Excerpt from Biweekly Report:

GUATEMALA. By the end of March, as a first measure, Guatemala tried efforts to stop all deportations of Guatemalans from the U.S. government. Locally, authorities began giving away masks and establishing ways to apply fines to people who go out without masks, up to 150 thousand quetzales.

By mid-April most of Guatemala’s 196 confirmed COVID-19 cases and five deaths had appeared in the country’s urban centers, including Guatemala City and Quetzaltenango. However, later that month, the government reported the first case of community transmission in the Maya Kaqchikel town of Patzun, some 80km (50 miles) west of Guatemala City. By the end of April, the cases increased to 500 hundred, and the president requested social distancing and lockdown measures.

PANAMÁ. On March 9th, Panama had the first confirmed case of COVID 19: a 40-year-old woman from Spain, who entered Panamanian soil without control through the Tocumen International Airport. After five days from this first case, Panama declared a State of Emergency, instituting heightened surveillance measures in place at points of entry. On April 1, the government expanded movement restrictions based on gender. In June, union workers protested the government’s plans to reopen the economy despite 22,000 active cases. … Read more.

Ulyssen Jaen

Ulysses N. Jaen is the Director of the Law Library at Ave Maria School of Law. He has worked as an entrepreneur, business manager and legal professional and has presented at numerous conferences, and for various organizations and agencies. Prior to joining Ave Maria Law School, he worked for the Law Offices of Angotti & Straface from 2006 to 2009 and Hamstead, Williams & Shook from 2009 to 2012. He worked at the West Virginia University College of Law Library from 2005 to 2012 and lectured on a variety of Advanced Legal Research topics. He also taught at the WVU Master’s in Legal Studies and the WVU Master’s in Public Administration Programs.  Professor Jaen was a Court appointed mediator and is a Special Advocate for abused and neglected children. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association, the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries and the American Association of Law Libraries where he served as chair of the Diversity Committee Executive Board.

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