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Her fear is well-founded. Between 2013 and 2019, more than 100 Salvadoran deportees from the United States were harmed after being returned to their homeland, says Elizabeth Kennedy, an independent researcher who has prepared a report on this issue for Human Rights Watch.
Some were murdered. Others were raped, became victims of state torture, or simply disappeared, says Kennedy, who relied on a variety of sources, including interviews with survivors and their relatives. Her conclusion: “The fears [deportees] have are real and are realized if they are returned.”