Central America’s violent Northern Triangle registers 17,422 homicides in 2015
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Central America’s violent Northern Triangle registers 17,422 homicides in 2015

AFP - January 5, 2016

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Central America's so-called Northern Triangle -- Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras -- recorded a total of 17,422 murders in 2015, 11 percent higher…

Costa Rica homicide rate hits record high
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Costa Rica homicide rate hits record high

Zach Dyer - December 15, 2015

Costa Rica hit a troubling milestone over the weekend, surpassing the country's previous homicide record for a given year. After several years of decreasing or stable homicide rates, the number of…

Hit men gun down couple with drug trafficking record in San José
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Hit men gun down couple with drug trafficking record in San José

Zach Dyer - October 30, 2015

A man with a drug conviction and a woman, both from Guatemala, were gunned down in their car just blocks from Casa Presidencial Thursday evening by two…

Costa Rica authorities smash local organized crime ring involved in drug trafficking, homicides
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Costa Rica authorities smash local organized crime ring involved in drug trafficking, homicides

David Boddiger - October 27, 2015

It was a busy morning for Costa Rica's law enforcement agencies. Agents from the Drug Control Police, the Judicial Investigation Police, and other agencies conducted 29 raids in…

Costa Rica police launch operations in several neighborhoods in the capital to battle crime wave
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Costa Rica police launch operations in several neighborhoods in the capital to battle crime wave

David Boddiger - October 15, 2015

More than 200 heavily armed police officers and tactical units began swarming several high-crime neighborhoods in Costa Rica's capital on Thursday in an effort to take back city…

Costa Rica’s Public Security Minister calls for new organized crime unit after spike in killings
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Costa Rica’s Public Security Minister calls for new organized crime unit after spike in killings

Zach Dyer - October 15, 2015

Any doubts about the presence of sophisticated organized criminal organizations in Costa Rica were dashed Wednesday morning. The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) raided several properties across Costa…

Costa Rica saw ‘important increase in violence,’ says OIJ director
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Costa Rica saw ‘important increase in violence,’ says OIJ director

Zach Dyer - February 17, 2015

Last year was a rough one for Costa Rica when it came to crime. No where was this more clear than the dramatic increases in homicides and…

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Honduran journalist travels to Costa Rica to denounce death threats, beating back home

George Rodríguez - February 9, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKrRKOr6Q94#t=79 Ely Vallejo is a Honduran journalist who says his work for the alternative television station Cholusat Sur Canal 36 focuses on bringing to light cases of…

Desamparados residents plead for help as the San José canton turns into a gang war zone
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Desamparados residents plead for help as the San José canton turns into a gang war zone

L. Arias - November 26, 2014

The number of homicides in the canton of Desamparados, located south of Costa Rica's capital, has doubled in the past year, according to a report released Monday by…

Honduras, Central America still lead the world in murder rates
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Honduras, Central America still lead the world in murder rates

Corey Kane - April 14, 2014

The isthmus connecting North and South America continues to lead the world in murder rates, with four of the top five rates in the world in Honduras,…