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El Salvador Ex-President’s Conviction Illustrates Rot in Government

The conviction of former El Salvador President Mauricio Funes leaves a bittersweet taste. While it shows the country’s growing power to proseucte powerful...
¿Más violencia devolverá la paz a El Salvador?
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El Salvador Must ‘Bleed More’ to Force Reckoning: Barrio 18 Member

Powerful statements made by a member of one of El Salvador’s most notorious gangs to the New York Times illustrate the group’s violent...
Nearly half of Salvadorans believe gangs rule the country
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El Salvador Citizens Say Gangs, Not Government ‘Rule’ the Country

Respondents to a recent survey in El Salvador were far more likely to believe that gangs -- not government officials -- "rule" the country, underscoring how the...
People displaying Salvadoran flags (Credit: Salvador Meléndez/Revista Factum)
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5 Ways Ending TPS Could Impact Central America Security

The administration of US President Donald Trump has announced that it plans to end to a migration policy known as Temporary Protected Status for 2,500 Nicaraguans,...
Grafitti in El Salvador
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Weekly InSight: Special Investigation of Gangs and Municipal Power in Apopa, El Salvador

In our November 2 Facebook Live session, senior investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and senior editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime's new investigation of...
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Symbiosis: Gangs and Municipal Power in Apopa, El Salvador

Stories such as that of the former mayor of the El Salvador municipality of Apopa, José Elías Hernández, or "Old Timer" as the gangs knew him, are increasingly...
El Salvador Police Chief Howard Cotto warns of gangs' infiltration of local politics
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El Salvador Police Chief Warns of Gang Infiltration in Municipal Elections

El Salvador Police Chief Howard Cotto warned that gangs plan to infiltrate local politics by involving themselves in municipal elections, echoing the findings of...
More than 450 private security agencies in El Salvador are operating illegally
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El Salvador Struggles to Enforce Regulations on Private Security Firms

Police in El Salvador say that a legal technicality is preventing them from holding private security agencies accountable for offenses they commit, highlighting the...
The MS13 is now a 'priority target' in the United States, according to AG Jeff Sessions
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US Toughens Rhetoric, Declares MS13 ‘Priority’ Target

In a new escalation in the Trump administration's narrative on the MS13, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he has named the street gang a top...