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Fleeing Gang Violence, El Salvador Migrants Head South

Fleeing Gang Violence, El Salvador Migrants Head South

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. 

Did El Salvador's 'Iron Fist' Lower Homicide Rate?

Did El Salvador's 'Iron Fist' Lower Homicide Rate?

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.

Court Rules El Salvador Prison Crowding Unconstitutional

Court Rules El Salvador Prison Crowding Unconstitutional

El Salvador’s high court declared conditions in the country’s overcrowded prisons unconstitutional in a ruling with implications for the government’s hard line policies aimed at defeating gangs.

El Salvador Forces Kill 346 Gang Members This Year

El Salvador Forces Kill 346 Gang Members This Year

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.

El Salvador Gang Members Sentenced to 200 Years

El Salvador Gang Members Sentenced to 200 Years

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.