Key security threats plaguing Central America, especially gang violence and organized crime, affect the US as well. That's why American support is crucial for new initiatives such as the one in El Salvador that combats gangs by addressing social ills and rehabilitating gang members.
Central America is closer to the US southern border than some of America’s northern cities. This proximity has helped build strong cultural, economic, and political bonds. But it also means that key threats to national and regional security facing the United States and Central America are intertwined: chief among them, gang violence and organized crime.