Award-winning journalist Óscar Martínez writes for ElFaro.net, the first online newspaper in Latin America. The original edition of his book Los migrantes que no importan was published in 2010 by Icaria and El Faro, with a second edition by Mexico’s sur+ Ediciones in 2012. Martínez is currently writing chronicles and articles for El Faro’s project, Sala Negra, investigating gang violence in Latin America. In 2008, Martínez won the Fernando Benítez National Journalism Prize in Mexico, and in 2009, he was awarded the Human Rights Prize at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador. He is the author of The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail (for which he was awarded the WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award in 2013) and the recent A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America. His latest book, El Niño de Hollywood: Cómo Estados Unidos y El Salvador Moldearon a Un Sicario en la Mara Salvatrucha 13 (The Hollywood Kid: The Violent Life and Violent Death of an MS-13 Hitman), is about a member of the international criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha (also known as MS-13) assassinated in El Salvador for cooperating with law enforcement.
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