This week, thousands of U.S. schools closed as officials sought to contain the new coronavirus. But the move presents new challenges for families who rely on the schools’ free meals and who don’t have the technology needed for their children to study at home. VOAs Cristina Smit reports on how one school district is handling the challenges.
Emergency services and first responders are preparing more and more to deal with the coronavirus emergency. Fire departments and medical personal now are receiving more equipment to better serve the community. Voice of America reporter Cristina Caicedo Smit visited a fire station in one of the biggest counties close to Washington.
Miami, Florida will host the 54th Super Bowl this Sunday. The Super Bowl is the championship American football game for the top two teams in the sport's two separate divisions. Thousands of fans, hotels and restaurants are getting ready for an entire weekend of celebrations. And there's high security to match this giant event. VOA's Cristina Caicedo Smit reports.
According to the non-profit group, World's Children, an estimated 21 million people are victims of human trafficking. Many of them are undocumented Hispanic women who are hard to track because they are often afraid to seek help from authorities. VOA’s Cristina Caicedo Smit reports.
Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, has accused the government of Nicolás Maduro of trying to bribe lawmakers to vote against his re-election as National Assembly president in an effort to put Maduro loyalists in the parliament and gain control of Venezuela's last democratic institution. Guaidó, who last year declared himself Venezuela's interim president, made the comments in an exclusive interview with VOA.
The presence of tanks in the streets of Chile, the resignation of Bolivia’s president Evo Morales and clashes in Ecuador are some of the violent incidents and political turmoil occurring in Latin America over the last few weeks. VOA's Cristina Caicedo Smit reports on why all of this is happening at the same time.
Hyperinflation and the continuing economic and political crisis in Venezuela is driving more Venezuelans to travel to the Colombian border to buy food and other supplies. Even though the government has raised the minimum wage, it is still not nearly enough and most Venezuelans continue to struggle. VOA's Cristina Caicedo Smit reports.