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Tensions Rise over Dissident MS13 Faction in El Salvador

Tensions Rise over Dissident MS13 Faction in El Salvador

A breakaway faction of El Salvador's MS13 gang has reportedly been the source of increasing conflict, underlining how gang rivalries and violence can contribute to cycles of retaliation.

Weekly InSight: Debunking the Trump Administration's Alternative Facts about MS13

Weekly InSight: Debunking the Trump Administration's Alternative Facts about MS13

In our April 20 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley spoke with Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos about the recent rhetorical offensive launched against the MS13 by the administration of US President Donald Trump.

7 Things the Trump Administration Gets Wrong about MS13

7 Things the Trump Administration Gets Wrong about MS13

US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched a rhetorical campaign this week against the MS13, one of the most violent gangs in Central America. But the verbal offensive by the president and the attorney general, as well as their statements on the origins and evolution of the gang, are for the most part false or misleading.

Report Recommends Less Repressive Approach to Gang Problem in CentAm

Report Recommends Less Repressive Approach to Gang Problem in CentAm

A new report by a leading watchdog and policy group says that Central America's Northern Triangle governments should find a middle ground that balances the need for engaging with the region's violent street gangs, while still maintaining the rule of law and the governments' legitimacy.

Arrest of Top MS13 Gang Leader in Guatemala Highlights Cooperation

Arrest of Top MS13 Gang Leader in Guatemala Highlights Cooperation

The arrest in Guatemala of a high-ranking MS13 leader wanted by El Salvador's authorities illustrates how regional cooperation yields results, even while raising questions on how best to tackle the regional migration of the powerful gang members.