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Relief and Alarm as El Salvador Rounds up ‘gangsters’

An unprecedented round up of alleged gangsters in El Salvador has netted thousands of suspects and brought relief to citizens living in constant fear. But...

El Salvador says over 15,000 suspected gang members arrested

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele said Friday that police and soldiers have arrested more than 15,000 suspected gang members in under a month in...

Costa Rica deports eight Salvadorans suspected of gang membership

Gangs are responsible for much of the criminal violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Violence picks up in Central America after brief truce due to COVID-19

The corpses in bags and under sheets reappeared on the streets of the Honduran capital, marking a spike in violence that affects northern Central America after a truce due to isolation to contain COVID-19 infections.

US to spend $750 million to attack Central America poverty woes

As unaccompanied minors have again crossed the southwest border in growing numbers in recent months, experts have agreed that the root causes of the surge lie in Central American violence and poverty that is driving people north.

U.S., Mexican scholars launch ambitious dialogue on Central America migration issues

Three Latin America-focused think tanks have teamed up to publish the first seven of a planned 15 policy briefs analyzing various aspects of Central American and Mexican migration at its points of departure, transit and settlement in both Mexico and the United States.

Honduran military aims to fill in for ‘absent’ parents with program targeting at-risk kids

In the program, kids “acquire knowledge of the Bible, Christian values and principles, respect for God’s places, and the importance of belonging to a church.”

Is the US taxpayer-funded Central America Regional Security Initiative effective at stopping violence?

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Cristina Equizábal, a senior fellow at El Salvador’s National Foundation for Development (FUNDE), visited Costa Rica earlier this month – and was shocked to learn that local police had uncovered an enormous cache of M-16s, Uzis, AK-47s and other weapons in a suburb of San José.

Hooded gunmen kill eight teens in Honduras 

Police in the city of San Pedro Sula told reporters that late Sunday unidentified assailants forced the victims, aged 16 to 19, to lie down in the street and then opened fire.

Experts debate approaches to stemming Central America gang violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This year’s highly publicized influx of child migrants from Central America via Mexico to the U.S. border has sparked intense debate about the proliferation of gangs in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. But efforts by the three countries to eliminate gang violence have been ineffective and often counterproductive.

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