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Weekly InSight: US Finances El Salvador Police Implicated in Abuses

In our May 31 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Managing Editor Josefina Salomón analyzed a recent report that...
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US Funding for Abusive El Salvador Police Casts Doubt on Vetting

A new report says that the United States funded an elite unit of El Salvador’s national police that committed egregious abuses of force including extrajudicial...
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In El Salvador, a Thin Line Between Community Policing and Vigilantism

Authorities in El Salvador are keen to expand a much-praised local policing model believed to have helped two rural communities tackle bloody gang control. But a...
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Weekly InSight: Organized Crime Influence in El Salvador Election

In our February 22 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the criminal infiltration of El...
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‘El Salvador Must Break the Cycle of Impunity’: UN Rep

The United Nations has it eyes set on El Salvador. In a period of a few months, four of its top experts visited the country, returning with largely damning...
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Gangs as ‘Terrorists’ Proposal Is a Smoke Screen in Guatemala

This week, Guatemala’s new interior minister asked Congress to reform the penal code in order to designate the country’s gang members as terrorists, a...
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El Salvador Convicts First Mayor for Ties to Gangs

A former El Salvador mayor has become the country’s first mayor to be convicted of illicit association with gangs, a small step toward...
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The ‘Nannies’ of El Salvador’s Barrio 18

In a neighborhood outside of El Salvador's capital San Salvador, Barrio 18 gang members are forcing women to take care of their children...
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Gang Members, Guards Accused in Guatemala Prison Director’s Murder

Authorities in Guatemala have accused several prison guards of conspiring with alleged gang members to murder a prison director, a reminder of how widespread...