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Weekly InSight: El Salvador’s Dany Romero – Gang Leader, Activist, or Both?

In our September 28 Facebook Live session, senior editor Mike LaSusa spoke with freelance journalist Nicholas Phillips about his recent investigation into the life of Dany Romero, and how Romero’s story illustrates the complexities of determining who is a gang member in El Salvador

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Weekly InSight: El Salvador’s Gang Truce on Trial

In our August 17 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about a trial related to El Salvador‘s controversial gang truce that has spotlighted close ties between gangs and politics in the Central American country…

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Weekly InSight: ‘Chepe Diablo,’ the Texis Cartel and El Salvador Elites

In our April 6 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos spoke with Senior Editor Mike LaSusa about one of the biggest organized crime stories in Latin America this week: the arrest of José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias “Chepe Diablo,” the alleged leader of El Salvador‘s Texis Cartel

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Cargo Robberies in Northern Triangle Hamper Regional Commerce

Criminal groups are stealing commercial shipments transiting Central America’s Northern Triangle, illustrating how insecurity in the region is negatively impacting regional trade…

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Report Describes Shifting Patterns of Violence in El Salvador

A new report describes recent shifts in the characteristics of violence in El Salvador, and it offers recommendations for how to deal with these developments, focusing particularly on the need to tailor violence reduction and prevention strategies to specific local conditions…

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El Salvador Disappearances Down From Post-Gang Truce Peak

Newly reported statistics from El Salvador‘s National Civil Police indicate that disappearances have declined from a peak reached in 2014 after the dissolution of a controversial gang truce, raising questions about the relationship between the truce and the rate of disappearances…

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Arrest of Ex-Attorney General a Promising Sign for El Salvador

El Salvador Attorney General Douglas Meléndez has ordered the arrest of several prominent suspects accused of judicial corruption, including his own predecessor, an unprecedented move that suggests Meléndez’s office is prepared to pursue high-profile corruption cases…

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