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Latin American Program in the News: "Rethinking the El Salvador Mara - Drug Trafficking Relationship"

Juan Carlos Garzón

Latin American Program Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón authored this article about the relationship between the maras in El Salvador and transnational drug trafficking. This article has been published in English and Spanish.

In this article, Latin American Program Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón argues that focusing on the often-exaggerated connections between El Salvador's maras and international drug trafficking can distract attention from El Salvador's other roles in the transnational drug trade, such as its position as a money laundering center.

You can read the full article in English via Insight Crime here.

The article originally appeared in Spanish in El Faro. Click here to read the article in Spanish.

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Juan Carlos Garzón

Juan Carlos Garzón

Global Fellow;
Security and Conflict Resolution Expert; Former Consultant, United Nations Development Program and Organization of American States
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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more