El Salvador closed out 2015 with 6,657 murders, replacing Honduras as the murder capital of the world. This violence, paired with a lack of opportunity, has caused Salvadorans, including growing numbers of women and children, to flee the country in droves. Whether they are refugees fleeing violence or economic migrants is a vital question now part of the U.S. national political debate. To understand the sources and dynamics of violence, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund and the Center for International Policy interviewed humanitarian workers, government officials, judges, police officers, activists, diplomats, journalists, and analysts in El Salvador.
Author: Latin America Working Group Education Fund and the Center for International Policy