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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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Barrio Azteca Leader’s Arrest Casts Doubt on Trump Border Rhetoric

The recent arrest of a top Barrio Azteca leader in Mexico offers additional insight into the criminal and drug trafficking dynamics along the US-Mexico border at a...
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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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Honduras Trial Alleges Frightening First: MS13 Campaign Funding

Evidence presented in a Honduras court that a former mayor's campaign was partly financed by the MS13 -- the first such case in the country -- is a new sign...
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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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How to Leave MS13 Alive

Ernesto Deras cannot explain why he got up from his seat, approached the front of a church in the Panorama City neighborhood of Los Angeles, and started crying...