Why It Matters
El Salvador is the most violent country in the world not at war. As a whole, the Northern Triangle of Central America—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—is the most violent region in the world.
Victims fleeing violence like extortion, rape, and murder have few effective options for protection and assistance in their home countries. Reporting a crime or requesting assistance is in itself a dangerous act. Many people fear further angering their aggressors, or being re-victimized by corrupt officials. Of the victims of violence Cristosal has assisted in 2017, 5% reported violence from the National Civilian Police, the very force meant to protect them.
This phenomenon is driving irregular migration both to the north through Mexico to the United States, and increasingly to the south to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama.
What We Do
Protecting people displaced by violence
We pilot models of humanitarian, psychosocial, and legal assistance for victims of violence and forced displacement.
Our Impact in 2018
Of victims assisted who were minors
Victims of direct or indirect violence assisted
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