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What’s Behind El Salvador’s Recent Drop in Homicides?

In September, homicides in El Salvador declined to levels that the Central American nation hasn’t seen since a truce was agreed upon between the country's two...
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Extortion Drives Displacement of Victims and Perpetrators Alike in Honduras

Extortion, and the violence connected to it, is one of the main drivers forcing Hondurans to leave their homes and even the country in search of safety. Victims and...
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El Salvador Gangs Influence Local Politics in the Capital: Report

Electoral pacts between politicians of all stripes and gangs in El Salvador are no longer surprising, but a new investigation has revealed the extent of these...
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Weekly InSight: How Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Benefits Organized Crime

In our June 28 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-Director Steve Dudley and Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos discussed how the "zero-tolerance"...
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Trump’s Border Policies Strengthen Organized Crime. Here’s How.

The Trump administration’s stated purpose of “zero tolerance” of illegal immigration on US borders is to lower crime rates, but research shows that the net...
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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...