Young people like Mauricio often fall into a legal limbo, and the U.S. government is sending mixed messages which further confuse things, says Shebaya. In January 2016, Peace Corps announced that it was suspending the volunteer program in El Salvador citing the "ongoing security environment." El Salvador—along with Guatemala and Honduras—is among the five most dangerous countries in the world with a homicide rate of over 108 homicides per 100,000 people in 2015 with August 2015 topping the charts at 911 murders in just that month. While Mauricio is from Guatemala, which has a somewhat lower homicide rate, it is still exceptionally high with over 29 homicides per 100,000 people. Guatemala also has the highest number of gang members in the region. In 2012, the U.S. Department of State estimated that there were 85,000 gang members in the entire region, 22,000 of them in Guatemala.