Lifeline for Haiti 12.37In recent years -- money sent by Latinos abroad...to their families back home -- has grown. In fact...from 20-16 to 20-17...they sent a total of 75-billion dollars...a new record, according to the World Bank. The money...called, remittances reflect the rise of migration across the continent..."two-thirds" of migrants from Latin America -- live in the United States. One of the countries that receives the most -- is Haiti, where the money accounts for almost 35-percent of... [see more] the GDP. Correspondent John Zarrella visited the island nation to examine the financial impact this flow of income - has on residents. Laura Carlsen Interview: Remittances 3:48One of the reasons for the sharp increase in migrations from Latin American and Caribbean countries in recent years is lack of economic opportunity. Once those migrating settle in a new location and find employment, they often send money to their relatives back home. These "money transfers" are known as "remittances." And for countries in Latin America they can amount to billions of dollars each year. Here to talk more about these remittances and their influence on Latin America and the Caribbean is our political analyst Laura Carlsen. Laura welcome.Medical Tourism 11.54The pressure to attain the perfect face or body has led to a booming plastic surgery industry. Latin America has "two" of the leading destinations for these operations. Brazil and Colombia are among the top 10 countries in the world for performing the medical procedures in 20-16. That's according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. But because the industry isn't regulated, the surgeries aren't always safe. Correspondent Michelle Begue has more from Bogota.
"The Centenarians": Correspondent Harris Whitbeck investigates the secrets of long life among the people of the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. This region is home to some of the oldest people in the world: many over the age of 100."Game Changer"A profile of Julia Novelo, a designer in Mexico City turning the city's waste into jewelry. In doing so she provides work to poor single mothers. Her organization "Cerrando el ciclo" ("Closing the cycle") has been widely recognized as an NGO - making a difference.The program ends this week with a a video essay from Colombia. The essay chronicles the effort to return endangered Red Howler Monkeys into the wild.