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Brazil's Youth Violence Crisis Deepening: Report

Brazil's Youth Violence Crisis Deepening: Report

Nearly four in every 1,000 Brazilian adolescents living in the country's biggest cities are murdered before the age of 19, according to a new UN report that illustrates how Brazilian youth pay the highest price for crime and violence.

El Salvador Violence Rising Despite 'Extraordinary' Anti-Gang Measures

El Salvador Violence Rising Despite 'Extraordinary' Anti-Gang Measures

September in El Salvador saw 435 homicides -- almost 15 per day -- making it the country's most violent month in 2017, according to official figures. And this escalation in bloodshed comes against a backdrop of contradictory public policies promoted by the government of President Salvador Sánchez Cerén.

Costa Rica Report Blames 'Organized Crime' for Spike in Homicides

Costa Rica Report Blames 'Organized Crime' for Spike in Homicides

A government report on homicides in Costa Rica concludes that organized crime is driving the rising violence in the country, but the study's shaky methodology leaves it open to questions. 

Pockets of Rising Violence in Rural Colombia Despite National Drop in Murders

Pockets of Rising Violence in Rural Colombia Despite National Drop in Murders

While Colombia boasts its lowest homicide rate in nearly half a century, pockets of spiking violence in several rural areas tell a different story -- that of armed groups struggling for control of lucrative criminal markets as Colombia's armed conflict enters a new phase.

Violence in Honduras Capital City Follows Past Trends

Violence in Honduras Capital City Follows Past Trends

A new report mapping violence in Honduras' capital suggests that the country's gangs remain a root cause driving the violence, a finding consistent with years past but difficult to sustain.

Homicides in Guatemala: The Challenge and Lessons of Disaggregating Gang-related and Drug Trafficking-related Murders.

Homicides in Guatemala: The Challenge and Lessons of Disaggregating Gang-related and Drug Trafficking-related Murders.