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January 18, 2018

El Salvador
Police arrest a woman as they search people for drugs and weapons during a patrol in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Violence and rampant crime have driven asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States, which is seeking to help address the root causes.

April 9, 2012

Immigration and Migration
Central Americas Moment - Latin Americas Moment Central America’s Moment

While Brazil and Mexico (in good and bad ways) tend to fill U.S. headlines regarding Latin America, other nations matter as well for the United States. Among them are the Central American countries o…

May 17, 2016

Immigration and Migration
Children from Honduras have their meals at the Todo por ellos immigrant shelter in Tapachula Migration From Central America Rising

Central America’s Northern Triangle is one of the most violent regions in the world. Last year’s murder rate of roughly 54 per 100,000 inhabitants surpasses Iraq’s civilian death toll. El Salvador al…

March 6, 2015

United States
Women and their children wait in line to register at the Honduran Center for Returned Migrants after being deported from Mexico, in San Pedro Sula Central America’s Unaccompanied Minors

During the summer of 2014 tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S-Mexico border. Over the course of the fiscal year, nearly 70,000—mostly from the Northern Triangle countries …

December 26, 2017

Americas
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Populism Looms Over Latin America's Election Year

In 2018, nearly two out of every three Latin Americans will head to the polls to elect new leaders, and the fight against corruption will be high on their agenda. The surge to throw the bums out coul…

March 5, 2012

Americas
Biden and Calderon Image - Latin America's Moment Vice President Biden Visits Mexico and Central America

On Sunday, Joe Biden began his second trip to Latin America as Vice President. In 2009  he went to Chile and Costa Rica to talk about the global economic crisis; now he is in Mexico and Honduras, foc…

December 26, 2017

Trade
A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Alto Araguaia, Brazil. Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Political shifts and economic challenges in Latin America could either boost Latin America’s largest trade bloc or lead to its obsolescence.

May 2, 2012

Americas
Countering Criminal Violence in Central America

Jose W. Fernandez and Michael Shifter, author of the new Council Special Report, Countering Criminal Violence in Central America, discuss U.S. and regional efforts to mitigate the violence.

May 2, 2012

Americas
Countering Criminal Violence in Central America

PAUL STARES: Good day, everybody. Good day, everybody. Welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations. Thank you for coming here today. Some of you know me. Many of you don't. I'm Paul Stares. I'm a se…

April 9, 2012

Americas
Countering Criminal Violence in Central America

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, discusses his new Council Special Report, Countering Criminal Violence in Central America. This meeting is made possible in part by a gr…