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El Salvador Defense Minister Played Key Role in Gang Truce: AG

A minister in El Salvador has been implicated in a controversial and now defunct gang truce, in a move that may be meant to discredit the ceasefire and officials involved in it.

US Anti-Gang Operation Shows Complexity of Criminal Landscape

US Anti-Gang Operation Shows Complexity of Criminal Landscape

A six-week anti-gang operation headed by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led to more than 1,300 arrests nationwide. But a breakdown of suspects' alleged affiliations suggests that recent rhetoric may not match reality when it comes to the threat of Latin America-linked gangs in the United States, particularly the MS13.

Proposed Anti-Gang Law in Guatemala Another Flawed 'Iron Fist' Policy?

Proposed Anti-Gang Law in Guatemala Another Flawed 'Iron Fist' Policy?

Legislators in Guatemala have proposed a new bill aimed at attacking the country's gangs by increasing fines and prison sentences for gang members. But how the draft law will be implemented and how effective it will be remains unclear.

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.

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.