All About El Salvador

BARRIO 18 / 19 JUL 2012

Over three months after El Salvador’s two largest street gangs agreed to a cease-fire, homicides, extortion, and disappearances are all reportedly down. While some of the statistics kept by different…

BARRIO 18 / 19 JUL 2012

Police in one San Salvador municipality have reportedly responded to overcrowding by asking detained members of the country's two largest gangs to wear different uniforms, an attempt to create stability…

AUC / 19 JUL 2012

Analyst Alejandro Hope asks whether it makes sense for Mexico to negotiate a solution with its criminal gangs, looking at the successful -- and not-so-successful -- precedents in El Salvador…

EL SALVADOR / 19 JUL 2012

Despite promises to expand the force, and the need to consolidate the security gains of a truce between rival gangs, El Salvador's national police academy has run out of money…

EL SALVADOR / 28 MAY 2012

Police have arrested a leader of one of El Salvador's most powerful drug smuggling networks, the little-known Texis Cartel, which could signal the end of the group's ability…

EL SALVADOR / 22 MAY 2012

In the first of a two-part series, Salvadoran diplomat Hector Silva Avalos describes the murder of a narcotics investigator in eastern El Salvador at the hands of drug traffickers, illustrating…

EL SALVADOR / 18 MAY 2012

Reports of disappearances are up 8 percent so far this year in El Salvador compared to 2011, calling into question the achievements of a gang truce which has slashed murders…

EL SALVADOR / 9 MAY 2012

Four years after several of its members were arrested, the Perrones, El Salvador's formidable illicit transport organization, has quietly regrouped, reestablishing its dominance in the eastern part of the country…

BARRIO 18 / 3 MAY 2012

In a joint communique, El Salvador's two largest gangs have promised to extend their cease-fire to school zones, as well as bring an end to forced recruitment, a positive development…

BARRIO 18 / 1 MAY 2012

El Salvador saw an average of five murders a day in April, according to police statistics, down 58 percent from the same month last year, as a ceasefire between rival…

EL SALVADOR / 26 APR 2012

An elite police unit dedicated to dismantling "mara" street gangs has begun operations in San Salvador, as a drop in killings appears to show that gangs are behind the majority…

BARRIO 18 / 23 APR 2012

After a truce between warring gangs cut murders by half in El Salvador last month, the government is moving to consolidate its security gains through work opportunities for former gang members --…

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