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Research Sheds Light on Obstacles to Leaving El Salvador Gangs

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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 Prisons and the Battle for the MS13’s Soul

El Salvador Prisons and the Battle for the MS13’s Soul

El Salvador's prison system is the headquarters of the country's largest gangs. It is also where one of these gangs, the MS13, is fighting amongst itself for control of the organization.

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. 

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.