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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...
¿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...