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Noah Bullock on Human Rights

October 17th, 2017

On October 16, 2017, CIPR hosted Noah Bullock for a roundtable discussion on human rights, migration, and violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Mr. Bullock discussed the origins of the current wave of migration from Northern Triangle countries to the United States, noting that gangs actually grew more powerful in response to the hardline mano dura policies implemented by Central American governments over the last two decades.

Mr. Bullock also highlighted the many challenges faced by the countries of the Northern Triangle as they work to tackle gang-related violence. While the homicide rate across El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras is comparable to that in armed conflicts in other parts of the world, the region does not receive the same amount of international attention or funding given the nature of violence in the region. Additionally, despite frequent news reports about waves of Central Americans crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, most of those displaced by violence simply flee to other parts of their home country, which means they are not counted as refugees.

Mr. Bullock is the Executive Director of Cristosal, a human rights organization based in El Salvador that assists Salvadorans who have been displaced by violence or threats of violence.