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More than 450 private security agencies in El Salvador are operating illegally
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El Salvador Struggles to Enforce Regulations on Private Security Firms

Police in El Salvador say that a legal technicality is preventing them from holding private security agencies accountable for offenses they commit, highlighting the...
The MS13 is now a 'priority target' in the United States, according to AG Jeff Sessions
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US Toughens Rhetoric, Declares MS13 ‘Priority’ Target

In a new escalation in the Trump administration's narrative on the MS13, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he has named the street gang a top...
The Swiss town of Morges, where Enrique Raís has fled
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El Salvador Fugitive Tycoon Hiding Out in Switzerland: Report

A journalistic investigation has revealed that Enrique Rais, a fugitive from corruption charges in El Salvador who is also reportedly the subject of a US...
A former Barrio 18 gang member
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Why It’s So Hard to Leave El Salvador’s Gangs: An Interview With José Miguel...

Around 85 percent of gang members in El Salvador have thought about distancing themselves from gang life or leaving entirely. But with few reported success stories,...
MS13 graffiti in the United States
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Weekly InSight: The MS13’s East Coast Program

In our October 5 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley spoke with Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos about InSight Crime's ongoing coverage of the...
Crime and insecurity affects Central Americans' daily behavior
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How Fear of Crime in Central America Impacts Daily Life, Contributes to Migration

A new report shows the extent to which insecurity negatively affects the daily lives of Central American citizens, and provides further evidence that crime and...
El Salvador saw 435 homicides in September
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El Salvador Violence Rising Despite ‘Extraordinary’ Anti-Gang Measures

September in El Salvador saw 435 homicides -- almost 15 per day -- making it the country's most violent month in 2017, according to official figures. And this...
MS13 graffiti
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US Accuses MS13 Member of Directing East Coast Gang Cells From El Salvador

On September 20 in a Boston federal court, the US Department of Justice charged Edwin Mancía Flores, alias "Shugar," with involvement in a racketeering...
Dany Romero at the time of his 2016 arrest in El Salvador
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Weekly InSight: El Salvador’s Dany Romero – Gang Leader, Activist, or Both?

In our September 28 Facebook Live session, senior editor Mike LaSusa spoke with freelance journalist Nicholas Phillips about his recent investigation into the life...