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ProPublica and Partners Win Pulitzer Prize for MS-13 Coverage

April 15, 2019           |                                       

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Get our best stories as soon as they are published. The Pulitzer Prize Board announced Monday that three articles in ProPublica’s “Trapped in Gangland” series on MS-13 by reporter Hannah Dreier won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The winning stories were jointly published […]

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Legislators in El Salvador are considering granting amnesty to those accused of crimes committed during the country’s brutal civil war in the 1980s. The legislation would drop all ordinary criminal charges arising from the war, and it would shield anyone convicted of war crimes from imprisonment. The move by conservatives in El Salvador’s Parliament comes […]

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Elliott Abrams, who is steering Trump’s Venezuela policy, has a long track record of war crimes. Yet a number of liberal commentators are rushing to defense. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s questioning of Abrams signaled a radical break with the traditional etiquette of deference in American foreign policy. Practically the entire American political establishment and corporate press […]

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Henry was twice forced to join the brutal gang MS-13, first in El Salvador and then on Long Island. Twice, he tried to escape its violence. He became an informant, helping law enforcement arrest other MS-13 members. But his FBI gang task force handler broke a promise to help him, and immigration authorities revealed his […]

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Nearly an hour into Judge Anibal Martinez’s afternoon immigration docket, the bailiff called out Wilder Maldonado’s name. The 6-year-old hadn’t made a fuss about the wait, quietly coloring pictures of animals. Now, he set aside his blue crayon, tiptoed up to the defendant’s table and took a long, deep breath. Wilder Hilario Maldonado Cabrera, chubby-cheeked […]

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6-Year-Old Separated From His Father Tells Judge He Wants to Go Home

December 14, 2018           |                                       

Nearly an hour into Judge Anibal Martinez’s afternoon immigration docket, the bailiff called out Wilder Maldonado’s name. The 6-year-old hadn’t made a fuss about the wait, quietly coloring pictures of animals. Now, he set aside his blue crayon, tiptoed up to the defendant’s table and took a long, deep breath. Wilder Hilario Maldonado Cabrera, chubby-cheeked […]

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When Leydi Duenas Claros was finally released after more than two months in immigration detention, her 1-year-old daughter didn’t recognize her. “She didn’t want me to hold her, didn’t want me to touch her,” Duenas, who is 30 years old and from El Salvador, told The Intercept. “Now, I’ve been out almost a week, and […]

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A Protestant megachurch in El Salvador, 2018. Photo: Flickr/BBC World Service. CC-BY-2.0. Some rights reserved.In El Salvador, just being suspected of having an abortion can put a woman behind bars. In February 2008, Teodora del Carmen Vásquez was sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated homicide after she had a stillbirth. “It was the […]

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Trump Turns Up the Anti-Immigrant Hate

June 2, 2018           |                                       

Trump Supports Another Racist March Tax Experts Plan to Drive Wealthy Clients Through Gaping Hole in Tax Code Trump’s Gag Rule Is an Effort to Undermine Access to Birth Control Spygate’s a Big Bust, but Donald Trump Still Hates Jeff Sessions Trump Peddles False Hope to the Terminally Ill With Right to Try Law Cities […]

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Waging War: Gangs of El Salvador (Part 1)

April 5, 2016           |                                       

El Salvador is set to eclipse Honduras as the country with the highest homicide rate in the world. ?There have already been over 5,700 murders this year in a country with a population of just over six million. El Salvador?s murder rate is now the highest it?s been since the end of the country?s brutal […]

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Inside El Salvador?s Jails (Excerpt from ?Gangs of El Salvador?)

March 20, 2016           |                                       

El Salvador is set to eclipse Honduras as the country with the highest homicide rate in the world. By the end of September 2015, there had been around 5,000 murders this year, in a country with a population of just over six million. El Salvador?s murder rate is now the highest it?s been since the […]

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