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Confronting Criminal Groups in El Salvador While Strengthening the Rule of Law

Date & Time

Sep. 14, 2016
10:00am – 11:30am ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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In January 2016, following a year in which El Salvador became the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere, former police director general Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde was named Minister of Justice and Public Security, while career prosecutor Douglas Meléndez Ruiz was elected Attorney General by a majority in Congress.  In the months since they took office, both ministers have worked to reform Salvadoran police and prosecutorial institutions, confront organized crime, and address allegations of corruption and human rights violations within the ranks.  Speaking via teleconference from San Salvador, AG Meléndez Ruiz and Minister Ramírez Landaverde discussed how they have dealt with these multiple challenges and how they are seeking to strengthen the rule of law in El Salvador.

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Please note: This event was in Spanish without translation. The Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Public Security joined us via teleconference from San Salvador.

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Latin America Program

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