About the program

For the second year in a row, The Washington Post, in conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, conducted a fellowship program this fall that brought professional journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean to Washington, D.C., to produce stories on subjects of their choice. Five fellows were selected from a candidate pool of nearly 60 journalists.

During their three weeks in Washington, journalists from Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico and Venezuela reported on issues of importance to their home countries and to the United States. They also attended seminars at The Post, the Wilson Center and the Organization of American States.

The program seeks to provide opportunities for professional development and to encourage dialogue between journalists from Latin America and the United States. These are English-language versions of some of the stories originally published in October and November in the reporters' home-country news media. In some instances, they have been updated with more recent information.

U.S. officials debate best approach in drug fight

By Ana Francisca Vega, reporter for Mexico's El Economista

The economy has revived the debate between two divergent positions toward fighting drug trafficking and consumption: incarceration and reform programs.

Far from their island, Jamaican children struggle with new expectations

By Ingrid Brown, reporter for Jamaica Observer

Thousands of Jamaican children who migrate to the United States find unexpected challenges in reuniting with parents and adapting to a new culture and school system.

Illegal immigrants weigh seeking treatment and risking deportation

By Ingrid Brown, reporter for Jamaica Observer

Stigma at home and fear of deportation haunt Jamaican illegal immigrants who are HIV-positive.

A revolving door to the U.S.

By Ingrid Brown, reporter for Jamaica Observer

Despite the expense and the danger, Jamaican deportees slip back to the United States again and again, risking turbulent seas and dangerous clandestine trails to return.

More than money, failures of U.S. schools require new strategies

By Demétrio Weber, reporter for Brazil's O Globo

Like Brazil's president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Obama proposed a spending package that would help public education take a much-dreamed-of leap in quality.

Extradited death-squad leaders leave valuable information behind

By Diana Carolina Durán Núñez, reporter for Colombia's El Espectador de Bogotá

The extradition to the United States of former Colombian paramilitary commanders accused of drug trafficking has important implications for the two countries.

Ambassador contemplates a 'new moment' for Venezuela-U.S. relations

By Andrea Daza Tapia, reporter for Venezuela's El Mundo Economía y Negocios

Chávez's man in Washington has returned with "amnesia." The U.S. oil supply won't be cut off, he says, although the strategy is to develop new markets. For him, lobbying is a mostly a matter of fighting bad press.

Expensive lobbying efforts seek to rehabilitate Venezuela's image

By Andrea Daza Tapia, reporter for Venezuela's El Mundo Economía y Negocios

Since 2003, the Venezuelan embassy has been paying lobbyists to improve its political image.

The art of lobbying -- and disappearing from -- a jail cell

By Andrea Daza Tapia, reporter for Venezuela's El Mundo Economía y Negocios

Banker Eligio Cedeño, arrested in 2007 for "diversion of financial resources," is investing in having his case heard in international courts.

Relationship challenge continues, with oil, security and Chávez in the mix

By Andrea Daza Tapia, reporter for Venezuela's El Mundo Economía y Negocios

The Venezuelan government seeks to soften its image with the Citgo fuel assistance program, and politicians worry about "dangerous relationships" with Iran.

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