Explains how domestic, global, political and economic forces have shaped rebellion and regime change in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras throughout their histories, during the often-turbulent 1970s and since.
The story of the migration caused by the political upheaval in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala and the resulting domestic and foreign policy interests that shaped the asylum policies of Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
Peer-reviewed article from Agenda Internacional in 2016, arguing that "despite certain commonalities with situations of internal armed conflict (such as Syria), the scenario in the Northern Triangle poses a distinct set of additional challenges for ensuring the protection of refugees and displaced persons from these countries."
2017 article in the Journal of Migration and Human Security maintains that "a growing body of literature has argued that the distinction between forced and voluntary migration can be, in practice, unclear. This literature points out that each individual migrant may have mixed motives for migrating, including both forced and voluntary reasons."
With his precise and empathetic reporting, Martinez reveals the underbelly of some of the most dangerous places in the world, going undercover to drink with narcos, accompanying police patrols, riding in trafficking boats and hiding out with a gang informer.