Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and the Caribbean: A Threat Assessment
“Central America and the Caribbean, particularly countries in the Northern Triangle, face extreme violence inflamed by transnational organized crime and drug trafficking. According to UNODC’s own studies, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras now have some of the highest homicide rates in the world.
There is little doubt, therefore, that these transnational issues present major challenges to countries within the region and to the wider international community. Criminal networks and their activities disrupt stability, undermine democratic institutions and hinder the economic activity so vital to the region. All of these issues are apparent within Central America and the Caribbean.”