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Extortion in Central America

Insightcrime.org - Extortion in Central America comes in many forms and targets different victims. The actors behind it also vary, as does the way in which these illicit earnings exchange hands. In the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, mass systematic schemes...

Costa Rica is the second country with the least violence in Central America

Despite the fact that the homicides have worried the population and authorities in the country, Costa Rica is the second with the least violence in Central America, only behind Panama. The data was announced at the XIV Central American Security Conference (XIV Conferencia de Seguridad...

Latin American Migrants Turn to Train Hopping Amid Crackdown in Mexico

Migrants from Latin American countries have once again resorted to illegal freight train hopping in an attempt to evade measures aimed at curbing illegal migration deployed by the Mexican government. The government measures have already proven their effectiveness, significantly complicating travel by other means of...

The exception that is Costa Rica

In the ongoing debate about immigration in the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala are mainly in the news because many of the caravans and those crossing into the U.S. from Mexico are from these countries. Why isn’t Costa Rica experiencing a similar...

Migrants’ stories: Why they flee

Massive influxes of Central American families seeking asylum in the United States are overwhelming U.S. immigration facilities. The crisis along the U.S. southern border led directly to the forced resignation on April 7 of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom President Donald Trump believed ineffectively...

Trump Accuses Central American Migrants As “Thugs” and “Criminals”

US President Donald Trump has accused immigration from Central American entering the United States from the Mexico border of perpetrating crimes and stirring up violence and denounced his country’s asylum program as a "scam". In Las Vegas on Saturday, speaking at an event, Trump underscored...

No More US Financial Aid for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador

United States President Donald Trump has ordered to suspend financial assistance to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) said. The U.S.-based outlet Politico reported that some US$627 million, which Congress allocated to the Central American countries last year, are "blocked"...

El Salvador: 76 Femicides so Far in 2019

El Salvador’s National Civil Police (PNC) reported 76 femicides throughout the country, a 31% decrease from 2018. "In 2019 we registered 76 women who died as a result of acts of social and criminal violence (...) 34 women were registered less than in the previous...

Funes’ father-in-law arrested in Costa Rica

Costa Rican authorities arrested the father-in-law of El Salvador's former president, Juan Carlos Guzmán Berdugo, wanted in his country on corruption charges, the Public Ministry (prosecutor's office) reported Wednesday.   The detainee is the father of Ada Mitchell Guzmán, the wife of the ex-president of El...

El Salvador’s president-elect criticizes China

(AP) — El Salvador’s president-elect said Wednesday that he has not decided whether to keep relations with China, but criticized the Asian nation as not being respectful to his country. In his first public remarks since winning election last month, the 37-year-old Nayib Bukele said...

El Salvador frees 3 women prisoners for abortion facing 30 years in prison

The Supreme Court of El Salvador ordered the release on Thursday of three women who had been sentenced to 30 years in prison for not having aborted their pregnancies.   The three women, who claim to have suffered spontaneous abortions, had been found guilty of homicide.   Alba...

Nayib Bukele Wins Presidental Election in El Salvador

Presidential candidate Nayib Bukele from the Great Alliance for National Unity (GANA) has won the presidency of El Salvador on Sunday with 53.1% of the vote while Hugo Martinez, from the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), was supported by 14% of the...

El Salvador, Taiwan Break Ties, Further Isolating Asian Isle

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwan says it is breaking off diplomatic ties with El Salvador because the Central American country plans to defect to rival Beijing. The move is the latest blow to the self-ruled island that China has been trying to isolate on the global...

Northern Triangle Exceeds US$ 10 billion in remittances

Remittances sent by migrants to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the Northern Triangle of Central America, exceeded US$10 billion dollars between January and July of this year, according to their central banks. Guatemala leads with the highest flow of dollars and a growth of 10.62%...

The Central American Migrant Crisis: What is the Ultimate Solution?

  The Central American migrant crisis has sparked a nationwide debate over immigration, brought to the forefront by policies resulting in the separation of children from their mothers at the border.   The vast majority of these illegal immigrants are from three Central American countries known as...

Costa Rica – El Salvador Ferry To Be Reactivated To Avoid Impact On Trade Due To Nicaragua Crisis

The more than two-month-old protests in Nicaragua have had a strong impact on the region's trade that moves 90% by land. Many carriers are still trapped in Nicaragua without being able to reach their destinations, which is why the Costa government Rica accelerated the...

US Govt Financed El Salvador Police Units Accused of Illegal Execution – Reports

The United States government has provided millions of dollars as well as weapons to the Salvadoran elite police units that are accused of illegally executing alleged criminals, the CNN broadcaster reported on Wednesday, citing multiple sources. The US actions may come under worldwide scrutiny as...

The Volcanos Of Central America (By Country)

Among the things most loved by travelers to Central America is the volcanos. Ok, the beaches are great. The rivers, the forests, the lakes, all nice. But a volcano trumps them all. The isthmus is located along the Ring of Fire and that has meant...

Latin American elections mean volatility for emerging markets investors

Latin America has election fever. El Salvador held parliamentary and mayoral votes in March, Costa Rica elected a new president in April and Paraguay held general elections two weeks ago. Venezuelans go to the polls in two weeks’ time, Colombians a week later, and...

“Common Visa” Proposed For Tourism In The Region

The organization of the Central American Council of Tourism recently held a meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to continue the search for concrete actions in favor of greater integration and cooperation, such as a common visa, which will result in the growth of...

MS13 Is a Street Gang, Not a Drug Cartel — and the Difference Matters

In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that pursuing the Mara Salvatrucha, a Salvadoran gang also known as MS-13, was “a priority for our Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.” “Drugs are killing more Americans than ever before, in large part thanks to powerful...

Four Central American cities among the most violent

San Salvador and San Pedro Sula have improved, although they remain among the most violent city in Central America: San Salvador in 17th place globally improved by ten positions compared to 2016, in the ranking by Mexico’s Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal...

Why Trump is Wrong to Blame Migration for MS13 Expansion, Violence

Insightcrime.org - President Donald Trump used his first State of the Union Address to blame the expansion and violence of the MS13 gang in the US on the “deadly loopholes” in the system dealing with unaccompanied children from El Salvador. But an upcoming groundbreaking...

Central America fears for US remittances as deportations loom

(AFP) San Isidro, El Salvador: Uncertainty and fear are rising in Central American countries over how many families will manage to get by when remittances from the US are cut off under plans by the Trump administration to make tens of thousands of Salvadorans...

InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up In Latin America & Caribbean

(Insightcrime.org) Record highs, all-time lows, and a few surprises: 2017 proved a remarkable year in terms of homicide rates for many countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Once again, InSight Crime presents its annual homicide round-up to give a snapshot of murder rates around...

Why is El Salvador so dangerous? 4 essential reads

The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that it will eliminate the Temporary Protected Status that gave provisional U.S. residency to Salvadoran migrants after a 2001 earthquake. Some 200,000 Salvadorans now have until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the United States, obtain a green...

El Salvador Court Rejects Appeal of Woman Serving 30 Years for Stillborn Baby

El Salvador has one of the world’s toughest abortion laws. The court has upheld a 30-year sentence of a woman, who was accused of “aggravated homicide” in 2008, while she claimed she had a miscarriage. Back in 2007, Teodora del Carmen Vasquez was nine months...

Surge in US immigration comes from Northern Triangle

The number of immigrants in the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras rose by 25% from 2007 to 2015, in contrast to more modest growth of the country’s overall foreign-born population and a decline from neighboring Mexico. During these same years, the total...

FAC Expands Online Card-Processing Services

Payments technology company First Atlantic Commerce  (FAC)  has expanded its online card-processing services across Central America. The Bermudian-based payment gateway can now offer payment solutions to merchants in Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua through a new integration to a processor in the...

In El Salvador Gangs, Not Government ‘Rule’ the Country, Citizens Say

(Insightcrime.org) Respondents to a recent survey in El Salvador were far more likely to believe that gangs -- not government officials -- "rule" the country, underscoring how the state's failure to establish a legitimate presence in many areas has left them under the control...

Trump asked to renew program for Salvadoran and Honduran migrants

Democrats and activists are calling on the Trump administration to renew immigration permits for hundreds of thousands of citizens from a pair of Central American countries that have experienced serious disasters. A group of 22 Democratic senators, led by Sens. Ben Cardin (Md.) and Tim Kaine (Va.),...

How Fear of Crime in Central America Impacts Daily Life, Contributes to Migration

A new report by Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) and the Inter-American Dialogue titled "Beneath the Violence" at an October 3 event in Washington, DC, shows the extent to which insecurity negatively affects the daily lives of Central American citizens, and...

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