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You’ve seen the pictures

September 28, 2015

The little boy’s body washed up on the beach, the exhausted men and women, old and young, sleeping on the streets of European cities.  Millions of people around the world are on the move. They’re fleeing war, violence and desperate poverty.

And it’s not just Europe, Africa and the Middle East where this is happening.

On our southern border, every day, a human drama plays out, as Central Americans and Mexicans try desperately to cross into the US.

If you’ve ever wondered why people risk their lives – and their children’s lives –

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Conversation with Jimmy Alvarado

May 24, 2015

Jimmy Alvarado: My country is like one of the five most violent countries in the world according to the United Nations. Right now, we are like one of the five places most violent in the world. In this country, there are some places where nothing happens; there is little violence. Last year, those five places didn’t have any homicide. In El Salvador, we have 262 municipalities. Last year we had 50 cities without homicide. We basically picked five cities (they are like villages really) that were in a corridor that connects to Honduras.

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These Salvadoran parents detail their sons' harrowing journey to meet them in the US

August 19, 2014

Reporter Jennifer Collins

August 18, 2014 · 6:15 PM EDT

This story originally appeared on PRI’s The World. Click HERE to hear it.

Credit: Courtesy of Pablo and Maria

Pabloand Maria sent for their two sons, 11-year-old Juan and 9-year-old PabloJr. They were detained in Texas and transferred to a few centers along the southwest before they were sent to a shelter for unaccompanied minors in Miami and then reunited with their parents in Maryland.

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An unforgettable story of migration from one family's perspective

This story was originally published on August 19, 2014 on PRI’s The World. CLICK HERE to hear it.

Next Gen journalist Jennifer Collins brings us the story of one Salvadoran family through the eyes of many. This story is a part in a series in collaboration with journalists Manuel Ureste (whose work you can read HERE on AnimalPolitico in Spanish), Eric Lemus and Julia Botero.

More than 50,000 underage migrants, mostly from Central America,

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Salvadoran Killed While Waiting On US Immigration Papers

October 6, 2012

Some years ago, Charlie Garcia came to the United States illegally and married an American citizen. Then the Salvadoran decided to try to legalize his immigration status. He went back to El Salvador to file his paperwork, as required. Tragically, he was killed there, waiting for his paperwork to come through.

This story was broadcast in English on National Public Radio in the United States and in Spanish in El Salvador in ContraPunto.

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Imagine: Worrying that your child could be kidnapped into a gang

August 5, 2012

El Salvador has the world’s second highest murder rate – more than 4,300 murders last year alone. That’s just behind Honduras, its neighbor in Central America. The United States bears some responsibility for this.  Many of these young men (or their parents) fled to the U.S. to escape the war in El Salvador in the 1980s, a war that was financed, in part, by the United States. Some of those young immigrants grew up to be gang members and were deported from the U.S. by the courts,

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El Salvador Claims Violence Decline, Mother Still Looks for Kidnapped Son

July 24, 2012

This story was broadcast in English on National Public Radio in the United States and published in Spanish in El Salvador on the front page of  ContraPunto.  Eric Lemus contributed to the story published in El Salvador.

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The following is a transcript. To listen to this broadcast, please click on the link above.

| By Ambar Espinoza

El Salvador has the world’s second highest murder rate – more than 4,300 murders last year alone.

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From El Salvador: Gang Homicides Down Dramatically – Due to U.S. Funded Program?

April 14, 2012

The United States has long ties with El Salvador.  In the 1980s civil war, the U.S. backed the government of El Salvador despite it’s serious human rights abuses.  Now there is a new partnership between the U.S. and this country wracked by poverty and gang violence.  Under Secretary of State for Civilian Society, Democracy and Human Rights Maria Otero visited El Salvador recently while our reporter, Ambar Espinoza, was in the country on assignment for Round Earth.  Espinoza sent us this report about a new U.S.

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Gang Truce in El Salvador

April 4, 2012

Among the hardest-hit victims of extortions by gangs in El Salvador are private businesses, big and small.

On Tuesday, March 27 Monsignor Fabio Colindres, the head army and police chaplain responsible for mediating a ceasefire between El Salvador’s two major gangs, shared details of the gang truce with the National Association of Private Enterprise—in Spanish Asociación Nacional de la Empresa Privada (ANEP).

Reporters waited for Colindres outside of the ANEP offices ready to ask more questions and Colindres made time for them as he exited the ANEP premises in a white pickup truck.

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From Ambar Espinoza in El Salvador: Is the Salvadorian President cutting deals with gangs?

April 1, 2012

Ambar Espinoza writes from El Salvador where she is reporting for Round Earth Media — look for our stories on NPR and also in the media in El Salvador.   Round Earth Media’s reporting from El Salvador is supported by the Stanley Foundation.

What an interesting time to be back in El Salvador. This week (Wednesday, March 28) at a press conference President Mauricio Funes denied the Salvadoran government negotiated any deals with leaders of the country’s two violent gangs, Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) and Pandilla 18,

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