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Gang Prevention in Central America: A Lost Battle Against State Indifference?

(Insightcrime.org)  With migrants fleeing murder and violence in droves and the evident flop of repressive policies in the Northern Triangle, gang prevention and rehabilitation programs seem evermore appealing. But their impact will continue to be limited unless governments invest time and resources in more...

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 water management project, underscoring flaws in the government's claims that security is improving across the country. Members of the Barrio 18 gang allegedly extorted US$5,000 dollars per...

7 Things Donald Trump Gets Wrong about MS13

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched a rhetorical campaign this week against the MS13, one of the most violent gangs in Central America. But the verbal offensive by the president and the attorney general, as well as their...

Are Mara Salvatrucha Gangs Expanding in Costa Rica?

(Q24N) The head of the Honduran armed forces has claimed that powerful gangs are expanding their presence in Costa Rica, but the extent of this criminal migration might be overstated. In a recent interview with Costa Rican news Diario Extra, Francisco Álvarez Urbina said that...

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