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El Salvador Fugitive Tycoon Hiding Out in Switzerland: Report

El Salvador Fugitive Tycoon Hiding Out in Switzerland: Report

A journalistic investigation has revealed that Enrique Rais, a fugitive from corruption charges in El Salvador who is also reportedly the subject of a US investigation, has been living in a luxurious hideout in Switzerland, showcasing how Salvadoran elites are able to use their influence to evade justice.

Weekly InSight: The MS13's East Coast Program

Weekly InSight: The MS13's East Coast Program

In our October 5 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley spoke with Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos about InSight Crime's ongoing coverage of the MS13 -- in particular, the links between the gang's leadership in El Salvador and the cells of the gang operating on the US East Coast.

Why It's So Hard to Leave El Salvador's Gangs: An Interview With José Miguel Cruz

Why It's So Hard to Leave El Salvador's Gangs: An Interview With José Miguel Cruz

Around 85 percent of gang members in El Salvador have thought about distancing themselves from gang life or leaving entirely. But with few reported success stories, little is known about this process. In March 2017, a study by Florida International University (FIU) examined the dynamics behind the dangerous choice to abandon gang life and the challenges faced by ex-members seeking to reintegrate into society.

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

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

A new report shows the extent to which insecurity negatively affects the daily lives of Central American citizens, and provides further evidence that crime and corruption are important factors driving emigration from the region. The findings suggest current policies aimed at addressing these issues may lack an adequate emphasis on preventive, rather than reactive measures for deterring crime and migration.

El Salvador Violence Rising Despite 'Extraordinary' Anti-Gang Measures

El Salvador Violence Rising Despite 'Extraordinary' Anti-Gang Measures

September in El Salvador saw 435 homicides -- almost 15 per day -- making it the country's most violent month in 2017, according to official figures. And this escalation in bloodshed comes against a backdrop of contradictory public policies promoted by the government of President Salvador Sánchez Cerén.

Since the end of El Salvador's civil war, the country's police has become a key player in the underworld. This series of five articles explore the dark ties between criminal organizations and the government's foremost crime fighting institution.