HomeNewsBriefUS Calls on Central America Elites to Fund Crime Fight
BRIEF

US Calls on Central America Elites to Fund Crime Fight

CARSI / 23 JUN 2011 BY JEN SOKATCH EN

At a Central American security conference in Guatemala, the U.S. pledged a rise in aid, but called on regional elites to pay their share to make the region safer.

At the conference, held in Guatemala, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. would raise spending to $300 million.

Officials said that some of the money was new, and some was repackaged from other pledges, according to the Associated Press.

"Businesses and the rich in every country must pay their fair share of taxes and become full partners in a whole-of-society effort. True security cannot be funded on the backs of the poor,” stressed Clinton.

As InSight Crime has pointed out, low tax rates in Central America impede the effort of governments to fight crime. Countries such as Honduras and El Salvador are considering raising a special security tax to fund law enforcement efforts.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos pressed for regional cooperation at the summit, proposing regional information collection centers in Latin America to better track illicit weapons.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

CARSI / 11 FEB 2011

• On February 10 State Department official William Brownfield announced that Central America will receive an aid package of $200…

CARSI / 24 JUN 2011

There were plenty of vows of greater cooperation, as well as pledges for cash, at a Central American security conference…

CARSI / 7 NOV 2011

Guatemala and Nicaragua elected two former military commanders on November 6, whose vastly different political backgrounds belie their similarities on…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…