Juan Carlos

Photographer
      
Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Nationality: USA/El Salvador
Biography: I am a freelance photographer, born in El Salvador, Central America but immigrated to the United States during the mid-1980's. I have developed a vocation as a photojournalist and over the course of my career I have documented human rights... MORE
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Exiled by Force
Copyright Juan Carlos 2022
Date of Work Jun 2016 - Jun 2016
Updated Apr 2020
Location El Salvador
Topics Adolescence, Civil Rights, Documentary, Editorial, Fear, Gangs, Human Rights, Immigration, Multimedia, Photography, Photojournalism, Violence, War, Youth

Salvadoran Youth Fleeing The Violence.

El Salvador is contending with an epidemic of gang violence. The small but densely populated Central American nation registered more homicides in 2015 than in any year during its protracted civil war, and young people are particularly vulnerable. Violent crime perpetrated by the “maras”, as the gangs are known, has claimed the lives of 7,500 young Salvadorans since mid-2014.

Tens of thousands of Salvadorans, among them large numbers of unaccompanied minors, feel they have no choice but to flee the country. Most try to reach the United States and apply for asylum, but many only get as far as Mexico, where they are intercepted by authorities. In the first five months of 2016, nearly 20,000 Salvadorans were deported from Mexico, back to the violence they were trying to escape.



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