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Research Sheds Light on Obstacles to Leaving El Salvador Gangs

Research Sheds Light on Obstacles to Leaving El Salvador Gangs

A recent study of El Salvador's gang phenomenon has shown that, while it is possible for gang members to abandon these groups, desistance depends on several factors, including the gangs' own acquiescence.

Homicides Down in El Salvador, But Govt Measures Not the Only Reason

Homicides Down in El Salvador, But Govt Measures Not the Only Reason

Official data shows homicides have decreased significantly in El Salvador during the past year, but contrary to statements by the authorities, the government's extraordinary anti-gang measures are not the only reason for the steep decline.

El Salvador's ‘Black Widows' and the Growing Sophistication of the MS13

El Salvador's ‘Black Widows' and the Growing Sophistication of the MS13

Authorities in El Salvador dismantled a MS13 network allegedly dedicated to forcing women into marriages before assassinating the husband to collect insurance money, a scheme that speaks to the gang's growing business sophistication.

El Salvador Intensifies Attempts to Break Gangs' Control over Prisons

El Salvador Intensifies Attempts to Break Gangs' Control over Prisons

Authorities in El Salvador have announced a massive transfer of incarcerated MS13 and Barrio 18 members to a single prison facility, in an effort to reverse the gangs' consolidation of power within the penitentiary system. 

Divine Intervention: The El Salvador Gang Members Who Found God

Divine Intervention: The El Salvador Gang Members Who Found God

It's happening in the streets, in the communities still controlled by gangs, and in the segregated prisons. It's a phenomenon which, despite being hard to believe at first, has been recognized by prison authorities: Hundreds of gang members are abandoning and outright rejecting their gangs, opting instead for the teachings of evangelical churches. In Gotera prison, close to 500 members of the Barrio 18 have retired from gang life and are now saying that they have no relation with the group. In some communities in San Salvador, ex-members of the MS13 openly preach in rival territory. Is El Salvador ready...