Is 'blocking movement' a measure of US aid success in Northern Triangle?

An employee from a local migrant shelter talks with Guatemalan children upon their arrival from the United States, in Guatemala City. Photo by: REUTERS / Luis Echeverria

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — A congressional delegation visiting Guatemala in August met with NGOs and pressed them for data. The policymakers wanted to know how U.S.-funded foreign assistance programs were deterring migration.

But providing such data poses a problem for many of the organizations operating in the region. Groups haven’t been collecting baseline data on migration because the programs they were implementing were not designed explicitly to deter migration. This makes it impossible to know if current U.S. assistance programs — which as of now will receive no further fund disbursements after U.S. President Donald Trump cut off aid to the region — are preventing people from leaving their country of origin.

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    Teresa Welsh

    Teresa Welsh is a Reporter with Devex based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Devex, Teresa wrote about Latin America from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and covered foreign affairs for U.S. News and World Report. She worked as a reporter in Colombia, where she previously lived teaching English. Teresa earned bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin.