Many police in El Salvador are resigning and some are seeking asylum abroad, an indication of officers' dissatisfaction with poor working conditions as they continue to be called upon to combat the country's gangs.
El Salvador's government has praised an elite unit tasked with confronting street gangs, but this strategy is unlikely to translate into long-term security gains in a country wracked by violence.
Authorities in Guatemala say they have arrested 365 alleged Salvadoran gang members this year, a strikingly high number that may be due to more than just repressive security policies pushing gang members out of El Salvador and into neighboring countries.
A deputy with El Salvador's ruling FMLN party traveled to Washington, DC last month to intervene in the offices of Congress on behalf of José Luis Merino -- the party leader linked to a businessman facing corruption charges. US organizations with ties to the FMLN have also attacked Salvadoran Attorney General Douglas Meléndez. Meanwhile, the US government has decided to support Meléndez without objections: they have helped him present money laundering cases and they have offered to fund a special anti-impunity unit.