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For Informant, a Treacherous Road to Justice in El Salvador

Even under the best of circumstances, there are few incentives to become a cooperating witness in an extortion case in El Salvador. And, as one witness has found out, participation is no guarantee that anything will...

El Salvador’s Jailed Gang Mediator: ‘I feel defrauded’

The former leftist guerrilla and ex-congressman Raúl Mijango is jailed and facing 20 years in prison for extortion -- one of two crimes derived from his role in the gang truce in...

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 most powerful...

5 Ways the MS13 Launders Money

A number of recent operations have revealed that the MS13 has developed a financial structure that’s helped them increase their income. But how does the gang weave its dirty...

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 perpetrators...

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