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Peruvian Smelter Emits Toxic Pollutants

Case Overview

The people (especially the children) who live in La Oroya, in the Peruvian Andes, have dangerous levels of lead in their blood. The source is a smelter operated by a company based in Missouri. Earthjustice is working to persuade the company to provide desperately needed medical care.

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April 5, 2011 | Feature

Human Rights And The Environment

Earthjustice uses the U.S. courts and international tribunals to hold corporations and governments accountable for human rights violations resulting from environmental devastation.

December 14, 2010 | Feature

Latin American Environmentalists Risk Imprisonment, Torture

Despite dangerous circumstances, communities and nonprofit organizations are still courageously fighting to defend the environment in Latin America. Established groups like CEMDA and AIDA are continuing their work and indigenous communities are banding together to preserve the region’s natural heritage.

December 14, 2010 | Feature

Q&A with Astrid Puentes, AIDA Co-Director

From offices in Mexico City, Astrid Puentes serves as co-director of Earthjustice’s sister organization, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA). We recently chatted with Puentes to discuss AIDA’s mission and the outlook for environmental advocacy in Latin America.

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