$ 200 Million to Fight Crime in CA

From El Salvador, the US president offered the funds for regional security projects.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Regarding distribution of funds, the president said Central American countries will be the ones deciding how to invest the funds according to their particular needs.

Laprensagrafica.com reported statements from Barack Obama, "It will be a program designed and led by Central American governments in the region ... The emphasis is to work with a regional focus and Central American countries must help shape and design how the money should be spent."

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Central America's Commitment to Security

June 2011

Widespread corruption, institutional weakness, disputes between countries, and resistance to more taxes, are jeopardizing the chances of success of the plan and its 22 projects.

A summit held in Guatemala, where for the first time since 1856 Central American countries agreed to fight together, culminated in joint action plans to combat drug trafficking.

$ 200 Million to Fight Drug Trafficking in CA

February 2011

United States announced additional economic support for Central America in the fight against drug trafficking.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. Counternarcotics, William Brownfield, at end of his tour of Central America, said the funds will be delivered in coordination with governments.

International Response To Gang Violence

September 2010

New regulations in El Salvador to tackle gang violence foster the development of regional measures to control and proscribe local gangs.

In order to prevent gang members from fleeing the country to avoid jail, especially to Guatemala and Honduras, these countries has activated extra security measures at their borders.

The Power of Central America's Drug Traffickers

August 2010

Do these countries have a real chance of stopping drug trafficking, in the context of economies like Guatemala's where the value of the drug economy is double the country's GDP?

In 2007, just 1% of all South American cocaine sold in the USA passed through the region. Now the figure is between 60% and 90%.

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