Arrests aside, until the politicians who collude with gangs are stopped, crime in Central America will likely continue unchecked.
Corruption, not gang warfare, is the root cause of the record violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Until public officials stop shielding criminal groups like MS-13, lawlessness will reign.
Anti-government protesters march in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Sept. 20, 2017.
What happens when outsiders step in with good intentions? As the crisis in Guatemala shows, it's complicated.
Pedro and family.
Joint border security measures between the US and Mexico have created a tough situation for those who fled violence back home decades ago.
President Donald Trump.
Ousting an executive leader from office doesn't always have the intended effect, as these examples from Central and South America show.
A Salvadoran family who fled to the U.S. when armed men killed the father.
AP Photo/LM Otero
Despite Trump’s rhetoric, Mexicans are no longer crossing the border in massive numbers. Data show a new group of migrants is arriving, and for very different reasons.
A woman cries during the funeral of a victim of a fire at a children’s shelter in Guatemala.
Young people from Central America continue to cross the U.S. border. Can programs funded by humanitarian assistance targeting root causes of migration help?
A poignant protest of an avoidable tragedy.
Who is responsible when 43 girls burn to death in a state-run children's home?
Marlene Mosqueda’s father was arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in February.
AP Photo/Nick Ut, File
Three stories show how today's deportations are reminiscent of what immigrants experienced during immigration raids under President Obama.
As obesity has become a health concern globally, weight loss information has proliferated – with questionable effects on its prevalence.
The way we were.
Latin America suddenly seems to be lurching to the right – but was it ever that far left in the first place?
Guatemalans demand the prosecution of their now-ex-president, Otto Pérez.
With anti-corruption feeling at an all-time high, a populist comedian has swept to power in Guatemala, while Brazil's president is facing furious calls for impeachment.
Enough is enough: Guatemalans protesting outside congress.
Two Central American democracies are in turmoil – but don't call it a revolution.
Australia’s proposals to recognise Indigenous people in its Constitution will likely be much less substantive than those of many other countries.
Constitutional recognition may have very limited impact if the groups benefiting from the change lack the political weight to leverage it into greater social change.
These children are just a few of thousands feeling gang violence in central America.
The spectacular arrival of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children at the southern frontier of the US over the last three years has provoked a frenzied response. President Obama calls the…
Five-year-old Dahlia Zabrano-Tercero at a July vigil for young Central American migrants in California.
Between 2003 and 2011, 8,000 to 40,000 unaccompanied migrant children from Central America were stopped every year on the southern border of the US. When this number boomed to more than 57,000 during the…