5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

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

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Webcast Recap

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.


A videoconference call shows on a TV screen as two panelists listen in the background.
Latin American Program / Wilson Center

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.



  • Eric L. Olson

    Global Fellow
    Director of the Central America-D.C. Platform, Seattle International Foundation