Members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang are guarded by policemen upon their arrival at the Quezaltepeque jail in Quezaltepeque, El Salvador, on 29 March 2016. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

El Salvador’s Politics of Perpetual Violence

San Salvador, El Salvador

24 January 2018


The International Crisis Group will be partnering with local NGO FESPAD to host a meeting in San Salvador to present Crisis Group's first report on the country, El Salvador’s Politics of Perpetual Violence.

The report examines the complexity of the phenomenon of gangs in the country, as well as the public policies to fight them.

On the 26th anniversary of the signing of the peace agreements, El Salvador suffers a crisis of crime that has claimed more lives than the armed conflict. The humanitarian crisis and displacement are worrying national institutions and other countries of the region. Political polarisation makes it difficult to make decisions on key issues, including addressing violence, rehabilitation and victim's assistance. Justice and security institutions, especially the National Civil Police (PNC), are being directly attacked by gangs and there are growing reports of extrajudicial actions by some public officials.

In addition, the recent decision by the Trump administration to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for some 195,000 Salvadorans in the United States raises new questions and challenges for the country.

Event Details

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 
9:00 - 11:00 am
Oxford Room, Barceló Hotel (Boulevard del Hipódromo y Avenida Las Magnolias, Colonia San Benito, San Salvador)

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