A new report says an increasing number of Central Americans are fleeing south to escape gang violence and seeking asylum in Costa Rica, a dynamic which may be linked to the stepped-up deportations of migrants by the United States.
El Salvador officials have attributed a steady decline in the violence-wracked country’s homicide rate to the government’s crackdown on gangs, but it is too early to confirm this causal relationship or to determine whether the improvement will endure.
El Salvador's police reportedly killed 346 gang members in violent confrontations so far this year, once again raising concerns that the country's bellicose security strategy is leading to widespread human rights abuses.
A judge in El Salvador has sentenced members of the MS13 street gang to 200.5 years in prison on extortion charges, another sign that the judicial system is moving in lockstep with the government's security apparatus to combat the gangs.
The relationship between gangs and violence in Honduras is difficult, if not impossible, to accurately discern, but that does not stop authorities from using suspect data to influence public opinion and determine where to deploy their limited resources.