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Research Sheds Light on Obstacles to Leaving El Salvador Gangs

Research Sheds Light on Obstacles to Leaving El Salvador Gangs

A recent study of El Salvador's gang phenomenon has shown that, while it is possible for gang members to abandon these groups, desistance depends on several factors, including the gangs' own acquiescence.

US Again Warns Central America over Attacks on Prosecutors, CICIG

US Again Warns Central America over Attacks on Prosecutors, CICIG

A US senator has warned Guatemala that aid funding could be put in jeopardy if the Central American country's president, Jimmy Morales, insists on calling for the removal of Iván Velásquez, the head of the anti-corruption body CICIG.

El Salvador Ex-Mayor Ordered Gang to Kill Local Official, Police Say

El Salvador Ex-Mayor Ordered Gang to Kill Local Official, Police Say

Authorities in El Salvador say a former mayor who was arrested last year had ordered gang members to kill a municipal official, revealing the dangers of too much interaction between gangs and city hall.

Colombian Cocaine Seizure Puts Texis Cartel on Central American Drug Trafficking Map

Colombian Cocaine Seizure Puts Texis Cartel on Central American Drug Trafficking Map

Police in El Salvador seized 160 kilograms of Colombian cocaine last week, again shedding light on the importance of the Texis Cartel on the Central American drug trafficking map and its possible connections with Mexican and Colombian cartels. 

Murderous Day A Reality Check for El Salvador Government

Murderous Day A Reality Check for El Salvador Government

The killing of dozens in El Salvador in a single day, despite government claims that a hardline policy against violent gangs is working, shows these criminal groups maintain their lethal power, and may signal a resurgence of spiking violence in the country.

Since the end of El Salvador's civil war, the country's police has become a key player in the underworld. This series of five articles explore the dark ties between criminal organizations and the government's foremost crime fighting institution.