All About El Salvador

BARRIO 18 / 11 OCT 2018

The former leftist guerrilla and ex-congressman Raúl Mijango is jailed and facing 20 years in prison for extortion -- one of two crimes derived from his role in the gang…

BARRIO 18 / 3 OCT 2018

In September, homicides in El Salvador declined to levels that the Central American nation hasn’t seen since a truce was agreed upon between the country's two most powerful gangs in…

EL SALVADOR / 13 SEP 2018

An ex-president in El Salvador has become the first former head of state in the country to confess to corruption and later receive prison time for it, but the light…

EL SALVADOR / 7 SEP 2018

A number of recent operations have revealed that the MS13 has developed a financial structure that’s helped them increase their income. But how does the gang weave its dirty money…

EL SALVADOR / 3 SEP 2018

The recent granting of political asylum in Nicaragua to a fugitive from Guatemala is the latest sign that the Central American nation is becoming a regional safe haven for wanted…

EL SALVADOR / 20 AUG 2018

El Salvador's Congress passed a bill that makes permanent a previously temporary tightening of security measures in prisons, cementing a policy that has been criticized as ineffective and harmful to…

EL SALVADOR / 14 AUG 2018

When former El Salvador President Antonio Saca began to declare himself as the author of one of the most well-known robberies in the country’s history, he knew that something good…

EL SALVADOR / 3 AUG 2018

A bipartisan group of members of the US Congress have asked President Donald Trump to investigate and sanction six individuals who have been accused of corruption and possible links to…

EL SALVADOR / 31 JUL 2018

Five judges, one-third of El Salvador’s Supreme Court, finished their nine-year term on July 15. But the selection process for their replacements has not been finalized, in part because deputies…

EL SALVADOR / 27 JUL 2018

On July 26, the US House and Senate approved a bill that will require the Secretary of State to share the identities of government officials in Central America’s Northern Triangle…

EL SALVADOR / 25 JUL 2018

Authorities in Guatemala fear that self-defense groups operating in response to a lack of state presence may turn into criminal organizations engaged in illicit activities, something authorities throughout the region…

EL SALVADOR / 25 JUL 2018

Lawmakers in Nicaragua recently approved an anti-terrorism law that many fear will be used to criminalize the opposition amid a deepening political crisis, a tactic used by other governments throughout…

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

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InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…