Mexican President Peña Nieto called for making same-sex marriage a constitutional right this week. Many Latin American countries are at the forefront of pushing for LGBT rights, driving social shifts by starting with legal changes.
Berta Cáceres's murder underscored Latin America's status as the world's most violent region for environmental activists. But the number of people and networks fighting to protect their rights is growing.
Eleven women testified against soldiers who sexually enslaved them during the country's civil war, in the first case of its kind. Guatemala is at the forefront in the region in using its justice system to pursue justice for civil-war era crimes.