Judicial reforms and criminal investigations in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, known collectively as the Northern Triangle, continue to etch away at organized crime in the region, one of the world's most violent, corrupt and crime-ridden. To be sure, criminal prosecutions against money laundering, contraband, drug trafficking, and homicides are beginning to bear fruit in the courtrooms. At the same time, local elites have not resigned nor stopped undermining efforts to prosecute them. But jailing high-level officials, exposing corrupt networks, and targeting big businessmen give hope that the cold winter of impunity and rampant corruption is turning the region towards a warm breeze of spring.
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