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El Salvador Homicides Thrust MS13 Back Into Official Discourse

El Salvador ended 2018 on a good note, according to official homicide statistics, but a recent uptick in homicides has thrust the MS13 back into the national...
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Wave of Killings Showcase Puerto Rico’s Ongoing Weakened Security

A string of brazen homicides in Puerto Rico, some in broad daylight, has shocked residents and drawn attention to the weakened state of local law enforcement on the...
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New Year’s Bloodshed Casts Doubt on Honduras Security Gains

Authorities in Honduras have touted a decline in homicides recently, but a series of massacres to start 2019 raises questions about the ongoing security situation...
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Solving Mexico Homicide Backlog Could Take 124 Years

It has been years since Laura stopped counting the dead. “We just let them pass through now,” she said. Each becomes just one...
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Cali Deaths Keep Dropping, City Still Worst in Colombia

The city of Cali in Colombia is on track to see a drop in homicides for the fifth straight year, but killings remain an intractable problem due to the city’s...
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Homicides Down, Disappearances Up: El Salvador’s Conflicting Numbers

Homicide rates in El Salvador are set to be at their lowest in years, yet the number of disappearances has increased dramatically in the same time, suggesting that...
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Is Anti-Graft Body CICIG Behind Guatemala Homicides Drop?

A recent report argues that the anti-graft body CICIG directly contributed to a drop in killings in Guatemala. But this analysis might be overly simplistic and...
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Impunity Persists in LatAm Cases of Murdered Journalists

A new report says that authorities in Latin America continue to struggle in prosecuting cases of murdered journalists, suggesting an unwillingness to adequately...
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Are Caracas’ Murders Really Falling?

A recent government announcement about an alleged drop in the murder rate in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, raises strong doubts about whether official figures are...
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El Salvador Town Wants to Combat Violence With Tourism

San Pedro Perulapán, in El Salvador, is one of the most violent towns in one of the world’s most violent countries. The situation in the historic municipality...
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Cause of Juárez Homicide Dip? Same as Homicide Jump

A truce among rival criminal gangs is said to be behind a sudden dip in homicides in Juárez, though the northern Mexico border city is still on path for its...
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Can Community Policing Help Tackle Organized Crime in Mexico?

A community-focused policing program that has produced positive results in one of Mexico’s most violent states suggests that alternative forms of policing could...