A Deep Dive Into El Salvador´s Criminal Dynamics and Its Borders

In El Salvador, sophisticated freight networks specialize in moving illicit drugs and contraband across Central American borders.

Join us next Wednesday, March 3, 2021, for a discussion in which InSight Crime co-director Steven Dudley — and investigators Héctor Silva and project coordinator Ángela Olaya — delve into El Salvador’s cross-border criminal dynamics. Moderated by Arnau Baulenas, a lawyer from the human rights institute of San Salvador’s Central American University (Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas — IDHUCA), the event is part of a series of country-by-country presentations titled  “Border  Crime:  The  Northern  Triangle  and  the  Tri-Border  Area,” in which InSight Crime presents findings of investigative work carried out during the last two years in these border regions.


23 Mar 2021


3:00 pm


Live Broadcast in  Spanish  on YouTube and English  on Facebook


Steven Dudley co-director and co-founder of InSight Crime. Dudley is a senior fellow at American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies in Washington, DC. He is the former Bureau Chief of The Miami Herald in the Andean Region, and the author of two books: “Walking Ghosts: Murder and Guerrilla Politics in Colombia” (Routledge 2004) and “MS-13: The Making of America’s Most Notorious Gang” (Harper Collins 2020).

Héctor Silva is a Salvadoran journalist. He is Spanish language editor and a Senior Investigator at InSight Crime. Silva studied journalism at the Central American University in San Salvador and in the University of Barcelona. He worked as a reporter and editor for La Prensa Gráfica in El Salvador for 15 years. He was a diplomat in Washington and a fellow at the Center for Latin American Studies at American University. In 2014, he authored Infiltrados: A chronicle of corruption in the National Civilian Police of El Salvador (1993-2013) and founded Revista Factum, where he was co-director until 2019. He has collaborated with various media outlets for reports in Central America, including Spanish newspaper El País and The New York Times.

Ángela Olaya Castro is political scientist from the Andes University, Bogotá, with vast experience researching the relationship between armed conflict and organized crime. She is a senior researcher and project manager at InSight Crime, where she has coordinated the project “Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and the Tri-Border Area.” Previously, she led InSight Crime’s Colombian Organized Crime Observatory and was part of the investigative team that exposed the identity of invisible drug lord, “Memo Fantasma.”

Arnau Baulenas is a Spanish and Salvadoran lawyer. He is law graduate with a master’s degree in Law and International Law from the ESADE Law School in Barcelona. Currently, he is studying a PhD in Access to Justice in cases of human rights abuses committed by private companies. Since August 2015, Bauelans has worked for the Humans Rights Institute of the Central American University (INDHUCA) in San Salvador, currently acting as the Institute’s Legal Coordinator. He also represents victims of grave human rights abuses in cases of extrajudicial executions, torture, forced displacement and persons deprived of liberty, both at national level and in supranational systems for the protection of human rights – namely the Inter-American System and the United Nations Universal System.

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