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Latin America Makes Little Progress Against Corruption

Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are stagnating in their struggle with corruption, with most unable or unwilling to challenge robust criminal networks that profit from longstanding graft, a major new report has shown. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2022 (CPI), which ranks 180 countries based on perceptions of corruption within their public … Read more

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Despite better security, Salvadorans still migrating in 2023

This article by Eddie Galdamez originally appeared on on February 1, 2023. On Christmas Eve, the Rivera family enjoyed the traditional Salvadoran celebrations. The kids set off firecrackers in the streets, the teenagers chatted and texted on the patio, and the adults sipped their drinks and listened to music … Read more

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El Salvador’s 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index. El Salvador Drops 1 points

On the Transparency International report released on January 2023, El Salvador received a Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score of 34; the country dropped 1 point compared to 2021. The score of 33 is on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the best score possible. Due to the … Read more

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El Salvador Mega-Prison for 40,000 people opens as gang crackdown continues

El Salvador Mega-Prison in Tecoluca San Vicente opened in February 2023. The Confinement Center for Terrorism (CECOT) has the capacity to hold 40,000 inmates, and it will help alleviate the current overpopulation in El Salvador’s prison system. President Nayib Bukele presented the new state-of-the-art facility in a nationally televised broadcast … Read more

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January 2023, the safest month in El Salvador since the end of the Civil War

January 2023 is the safest month in El Salvador since the Salvadoran civil war ended in 1991. This month, the Salvadoran National Police reported 11 homicides for a 0.4 daily murder rate. January broke the record achieved on December 2022, which had 14 homicides for a 0.45 homicide rate. 2022 … Read more

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Southern Mexico Extortion Suggests Migration of Central American Gangs

Reports of increasing extortion in southern Mexico suggest crackdowns on gangs in Central America may be pushing gang members to migrate, swelling the ranks of formerly small Mexican branches and potentially helping them step up their criminal activities. Drivers and owners of public transport companies in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state on the border with Guatemala … Read more

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The Salvadoran State of Exception is extended for the tenth consecutive time for 30 days

The State of Exception will remain in force for another 30 days. The Legislative Assembly approved the extension on January 11, with votes from the New Ideas political party and its allies. The security measure, which has strong support from the population, continues until February 15, 2023. The measure got … Read more