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Stories about El Salvador

For black and indigenous people in Central America, Black Lives Matter

"It's a racist, predatory and murderous system that they have been selling all over the planet as the best place on earth to live."

While El Salvador's security improves, the country loses ground in press freedom

While there are fewer murders in El Salvador, the government appears to show censorship tendencies towards the media and critical voices.

Arrival of the ‘migrant caravan’ lays bare Mexico's own anti-immigration side

"Mexico has a long and proud tradition of open doors to persecuted people, in exile, or victims of violence [...] Why are there first and second class exiles and refugees?"

Two Salvadoran Theater Productions Explore Themes of Violence and Forced Disappearances

Theater actors and directors devote efforts to understand, denounce and remember a forgotten ramification of violence in El Salvador -- forced disappearances.

Tata Genaro Ramírez: The Farmer Who Revived the Nawat Language in El Salvador

Genaro inspired a new generation of Náhuat teachers, he launched the enthusiasm for the documentation of the language, broke taboos, and made the language known in El Salvador.

El Salvador’s ‘Rainbow Crosswalk’ Promotes Pedestrian Safety and LGBTQ Rights

The first "rainbow crosswalk" in Central America hopes to guide steps towards a fairer world for LGBTQ communities.

El Salvador Rape Victim Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Baby's Death Despite ‘Inconclusive Proof’

In the complex case of Evelyn few seem to notice the main trend regarding women tried for abortion in El Salvador: A punitive and inflexible system for poor women.

Trans Women Fleeing Central America Find Hope and Hardship Further North

"I was attacked in Mexico City and that’s why I decided to keep moving. I feel more welcome in Tijuana. Staying busy helps me forget about things."

A Day in the Life of Immigration Limbo in the US

A mother who escaped gang violence with her children in El Salvador waits in Boston to know whether she and her family can stay in the US legally or not.

Love in the Time of Zika

An interview with Salvadoran reproductive rights activist Sara García. In El Salvador, abortion is defined by law as a criminal act, without exception.

Salvadoran Women Respond to Violence with Community Service, Music, and Individual Efforts

Communal work initiatives created by women for women, musical education in female juvenile prisons, and individual actions have been some of the ways in which Salvadoran women have combated violence.

The Dangerous and Complex Reality of Women Who Join Central American Gangs

"...I thought it was the best way that people could defend themselves, by being on the strong side rather than the weak one."

Rising Voices Welcomes Five New Indigenous Language Digital Activism Grantees

Rising Voices congratulates the five winners from Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua that will receive microgrants and mentoring for their indigenous language digital activism projects.

Four Months Later, Still No Answers About a Shootout with Salvadoran Police and Army That Left Five Dead

The autopsies of the five men reveal that they were shot at close range. Three days later, a woman who witnessed the shootings disappeared.

Postcard from San Salvador: The Subtle Tyranny of Gangs

"It is estimated that there are around 500,000-to-600,000 Salvadorans involved, in one way or another, with the maras (gangs)—about 10 percent of the population."

For a Glimpse of Plan Central America's Future, Look to Colombia

Replicating Plan Colombia's failed approach, a Washington aid program for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador combines neoliberal economic reforms with military aid.

A New Mesoamerican Film and Radio Festival Is Spreading the Word About Indigenous Struggles

The First Mesoamerican Community Film and Radio Festival began on June 10 in Oaxaca and will continue on to various countries in the region from later in June.

Two Tragic Cases Throw a Harsh Spotlight on Latin America's Abortion Laws

A Salvadoran woman is pardoned after seven years in prison, convicted of abortion for a stillbirth, and a Paraguayan 10-year-old girl, allegedly raped by her stepfather, is denied an abortion.

What Is Behind the Controversy in El Salvador's Recent Elections?

Despite an interventionist Supreme Court, a month-long delay in the results, and other irregularities, visiting international observers declared this year's election in El Salvador to be broadly transparent.

The Salvadoran Town Where Migrants Are Hotly Debated Folk Heroes

Intipucá is a small town in El Salvador that spans two countries, but a debate still rages over whether he was really the first to leave for the US.

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