This photo gallery highlights some of last week's top imagery taken in Latin America.
Luana bursts with energy. She's an 8-year-old international symbol of progress in the transgender community. Born a boy, she struggled with a world that insisted that this was what she must be. Today she's the youngest person to take advantage of a law in Argentina that allows people to identify their own gender for legal purposes.
Brazilians and their animals living downstream from an iron ore mine scrambled to safety after two dams burst. The accident at the Samarco mine sent some 62 million cubic meters of water and iron ore leftovers flooding into villages.
The grandson of Cuba's President Raul Castro was on hand as his personal assistant during Castro's first state visit to Mexico.
Families across Latin America honored their departed relatives with altars and visits to cemeteries in a tradition that coincides with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Brazilians in Rio de Janeiro marked the holiday with their annual Zombie Walk, catching some unsuspecting residents by surprise with the spectacle.
Ahead of Argentina's presidential runoff election on Nov. 22, the most pressing issue for residents is crime. Meanwhile in Haiti, a supporter of presidential candidate Moise Jean-Charles was devastated after seeing a man dead in the street, killed while people protested election results.
Members of the Pankararu indigenous group in full ceremonial costume completed a pilgrimage in honor of late priest Padre Cicero, a figure who became renowned for helping the poor and improving the lives of farmers and residents of Brazil's arid northeast.
This gallery was curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.
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