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Surge in US immigration comes from Northern Triangle

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Why is El Salvador so dangerous? 4 essential reads

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2 Divergent Views on El Salvador Gang Truce, 1 Sad Conclusion

Two wildly divergent views of what is happening with the truce between El Salvador's two foremost gangs converge...

El Salvador: Gang violence increases

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Survivors of the El Mozote Massacre Have New Hopes for Justice in El Salvador

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US Treasury Blacklists MS13 Leaders

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El Salvador’s ‘Black Widows’ and the Growing Sophistication of the MS13

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El Salvador, World’s New Murder Capital

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Barrio 18 Extortion Scheme Casts Doubt on El Salvador Govt Security Narrative

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org - The Barrio 18 gang in El Salvador allegedly engaged in large-scale extortion of a community...

El Salvador Youths Choose Fighting Fires Over Gang Life: Report

(Q24N) A Wall Street Journal report documents how youths in El Salvador are choosing to become firefighters in...

Stolen Guns Fuel El Salvador Black Market for Arms

Q24N - Insightcrime.org - More than four guns were stolen every day in El Salvador over the last...

El Salvador Gangs Call on New Government to Revive Truce

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Amid escalating violence, El Salvador’s young people are struggling to build a future

In a quiet side street of one of San Salvador’s infamous northern districts, lies a small community centre....

Official Data Suggests El Salvador Police Kill with Impunity

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) - El Salvador's armed forces and the National Civil Police (PNC) are killing alleged gang members...

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