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The Allegory of El Salvador’s ‘Dany Boy’: MS13 Gang Leader, Activist, or Both?

The Allegory of El Salvador’s ‘Dany Boy’: MS13 Gang Leader, Activist, or Both?

Dany Balmore Romero García faces trial in El Salvador on charges of participating in gang activities and conspiring to commit murder. The case against him illustrates just how difficult it is to determine who is a gang member, and why it's so important.

El Salvador Police Running 'Clandestine Jails': Report

El Salvador Police Running 'Clandestine Jails': Report

Officers of El Salvador's national police are allegedly running "clandestine jails" where they illegally hold suspected gang members, another indication of the extreme anti-gang methods being employed by security forces already implicated in death squad activities.

Amid Elite Crime Scandals, CentAm Continues Anti-Gang Focus

Amid Elite Crime Scandals, CentAm Continues Anti-Gang Focus

Authorities in Central America have arrested hundreds of suspected gang members in recent days during coinciding operations, but their willingness to mount such large-scale efforts against gangs has not been matched by an equivalent committment to tackle recent allegations of serious official corruption.

El Salvador Death Squad Cases Go International

El Salvador Death Squad Cases Go International

A new report from two local Salvadoran rights groups has provided further evidence of extrajudicial killings carried out by El Salvador's police forces, in a case that now appears to be entering the international judicial stage. 

El Salvador Death Squad Suspects Freed, While Corrupt Cops Jailed

El Salvador Death Squad Suspects Freed, While Corrupt Cops Jailed

One group of police officers in El Salvador accused of running a death squad has been freed just as another group accused of trafficking illicit objects to inmates has been sent to prison, a seemingly stark illustration of how the government is dealing with suspected crimes by its security forces.

Since the end of El Salvador's civil war, the country's police has become a key player in the underworld. This series of five articles explore the dark ties between criminal organizations and the government's foremost crime fighting institution.