All About El Salvador

EL SALVADOR / 23 FEB 2012

A report by the Inter-American Dialogue casts Latin America in a grim light, suggesting that much-touted reforms have not significantly improved citizen security, with crime still holding back the region’s…

BARRIO 18 / 21 FEB 2012

El Salvador has seen a spike in homicides this year, up to 13 per day compared to 11 per day in February 2011, which the government has blamed on a…

BARRIO 18 / 15 FEB 2012

Five soldiers have been murdered so far this year in El Salvador, lending credence to the claims of federal police that local “maras,” or street gangs, are plotting against…

EL SALVADOR / 14 FEB 2012

El Salvador has announced details of a new police unit focused on combating gangs, as part of the government's militarization of security policy, which resembles the discredited "iron fist" policies…

BARRIO 18 / 3 FEB 2012

El Salvador's government has proposed implementing a curfew on young people and placing schools under heavy guard, following a record year for murders.

BARRIO 18 / 2 FEB 2012

El Salvador’s government says it is taking a radical stance on crime, using the military to police the country's most violent areas and now appointing military men to top security…

BARRIO 18 / 31 JAN 2012

Authorities in El Salvador have transferred more than 1,000 inmates in an attempt to stabilize some of the country's violent, overcrowded prisons following the death of nine inmates earlier this…

BARRIO 18 / 25 JAN 2012

El Salvador’s police have claimed that the country’s “maras,” or street gangs, are planning an all-out attack on security forces, despite the fact that these groups have neither the organizational…

EL SALVADOR / 19 JAN 2012

El Salvador police arrested four people and seized about $1.5 million in fake dollar bills, highlighting the growth of the counterfeit trade, which is due in part to the country's…

BARRIO 18 / 11 JAN 2012

El Salvador saw a huge number of disappearances in 2011, with capital San Salvador alone registering more than 2,000 missing people, in a sign of growing gang violence.

BARRIO 18 / 3 JAN 2012

A top drug policy official in El Salvador said they have no official estimate for how much cocaine transits through the country. After registering a record murder rate in 2011,…

EL SALVADOR / 3 JAN 2012

El Salvador registered more than 4300 murders in 2011, making it the bloodiest year since the end of the civil war in 1992, the result of street gang violence and…

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InSight Crime’s six-part series on the plunder of the Peruvian Amazon continues to inform the debate on environmental security in the region. Our Environmental Crimes Project Manager, María Fernanda Ramírez,…

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Since launching on June 2, InSight Crime’s six-part series on environmental crime in Peru’s Amazon has been well-received. Detailing the shocking impunity enjoyed by those plundering the rainforest, the investigation…

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Duarte’s Death Makes Waves

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The announcement of the death of Gentil Duarte, one of the top dissident commanders of the defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), continues to reverberate in Venezuela and Colombia.

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Cattle Trafficking Acclaim, Investigation into Peru’s Amazon 

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On May 18, InSight Crime launched its most recent investigation into cattle trafficking between Central America and Mexico. It showed precisely how beef, illicitly produced in Honduras, Guatemala…

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Coverage of Fallen Paraguay Prosecutor Makes Headlines

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The murder of leading anti-crime prosecutor, Marcelo Pecci, while on honeymoon in Colombia, has drawn attention to the evolution of organized crime in Paraguay. While 17 people have been arrested…