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How Fear of Crime in Central America Impacts Daily Life, Contributes to Migration

A new report shows the extent to which insecurity negatively affects the daily lives of Central American citizens, and provides further evidence that crime and corruption are important factors driving emigration from the region. The findings suggest current policies aimed at addressing these issues may lack an adequate emphasis on preventive, rather than reactive measures for deterring crime and migration…

This piece was co-authored with Tristan Clavel. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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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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Cali, Colombia to Expand Gang Reintegration Program in 2017

Local officials in Cali, Colombia are planning to expand a recently instituted gang reintegration program, raising questions about what type of long-term impact such an initiative could have on the city’s security situation…

This article was co-authored with Alistair Thompson. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Northern Triangle Policing Pact Limits Focus to Gangs

The three countries of Central America’s “Northern Triangle” have agreed to cooperate on fighting the regional threat posed by gangs, but it remains to be seen whether this cooperation will extend to combating other types of organized crime…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

‘MS13 Gang Sought High-Powered Arms in Mexico, Guatemala’

Prosecutors in El Salvador have filed court documents alleging that MS13 leaders sought to arm an “elite unit” of the gang with high-powered weapons purchased in Mexico and Guatemala, an indication that the group’s transnational connections contribute to its domestic clout…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.