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Central America may not have the same juice with the media that it had during the days of the Iran-Contra affair, but the United States and El Salvador are nonetheless locked in a troubled embrace, according to freelance photographer Donna DeCesare. DeCesare has spent years studying the flow of immigration between El Salvador and the U.S.: Initially, families and children fled El Salvador’s civil war to settle in Los Angeles. Once there, many children grew up to join gun-toting gangs. Then, deported by the feds, they landed in San Salvador and set about re-creating those same violent institutions. Now, DeCesare says, many in El Salvador blame the U.S. for that country’s rising tide of lawlessness. That, she concludes, is how the vicious cycle continues. DeCesare shows and discusses her photographs at noon at the Academy for Educational Development’s eighth-floor boardroom, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. For reservations call (202) 862-1826. (Louis Jacobson)