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A trial has begun in El Salvador against several officials for their alleged illegal activity related to a controversial gang truce between 2012 to 2014. The testimony and evidence presented is poised to shed new light on the links between politicians and gangs in the Central American country.

Head of Copycat MS13 Offshoot Captured in Peru

Head of Copycat MS13 Offshoot Captured in Peru

The capture of the head of Peru's own "Mara Salvatrucha" is likely an example of Central America's MS13 inspiring similar -- but probably unconnected -- criminal operations far from home.

Are Central American Gangs Growing in Southern Mexico?

Are Central American Gangs Growing in Southern Mexico?

Authorities in Mexico's southern border region have detained a growing number of gang members in 2017. Their affiliation, however, is reportedly with two Central American gangs, the MS13 and Barrio 18, raising questions about whether or not these crime groups are having a resurgence in Mexico.

New Details on MS13 Clique's Sophistication in San Salvador Center

New Details on MS13 Clique's Sophistication in San Salvador Center

A case against the MS13 operating in El Salvador's capital city shows how the gang's money laundering side is getting more sophisticated, even as it remains reliant on violence for control of its revenue streams.

Weekly InSight: Can Hip Hop Help Stop Gang Violence in Latin America?

Weekly InSight: Can Hip Hop Help Stop Gang Violence in Latin America?

In our July 6 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa and independent journalist Angelika Albaladejo talked about her recent investigation of hip hop violence prevention programs throughout Latin America and the challenges they face in terms of implementation.

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) is the hemisphere's largest, most formidable and increasingly its most sophisticated street gang. This ongoing investigative series tackles its evolution from various perspectives.