Crime ad violence in Central America’s Niorthern Triangle / C.Eguizábal, K.M. Curtis, M.C. Ingram, A. Korthuis, E. L. Olson, and N. Phillips

The countries of Central America’s Northern Triangle—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras— face challenges ranging from some of the world’s highest homicide rates, rampant extortion, communities controlled by youth gangs, domestic violence, impunity for most crimes, as well as economic despair and lack of opportunity.

The recent wave of migrants driven by these factors has underscored chronic problems in the region that stem back decades. It is often assumed that international drug trafficking explains the surge in violence since 2009, but other important factors are also at play. Drug trafficking is certainly a factor, especially in areas where criminal control of territory and trafficking routes is contested, but drugs do not explain the entirety of the complex phenomenon. Other factors have also contributed. SEE MORE…

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