Investigation and Analysis of Organized Crime

Head of Honduras Anti-Graft Body Resigns, Claims Lack of OAS Support

The head of an international anti-corruption body in Honduras has resigned in protest of what he... Read more

‘El Salvador Must Break the Cycle of Impunity’: UN Rep

The United Nations has it eyes set on El Salvador. In a period of a few months, four of its top...

At Rio Carnival, Crime and Corruption Overshadow Brazil’s Biggest Party

Brazil’s biggest annual celebration came to a close amid several indications of deepening...

Weekly InSight: Behind the Scenes of Our Investigation of MS13 in...

In our February 15 Facebook Live session, Co-Director Steven Dudley, Senior Investigator Héctor...

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The Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) is one of the world’s largest and arguably most violent street gangs. After relatively humble beginnings in Los Angeles in the 1980s, it has spread to more than a... Read more
Dany Balmore Romero García was sitting in class at a vocational college in El Salvador when he got a message from a friend. On the news, they were saying the US Treasury Department had included him... Read more
On December 13, 2015, MS13 gang leader Edwin Mancía Flores, alias “Shugar,” made a phone call from a prison in El Salvador. On the other end of the line was José Martínez Castro, alias... Read more
There is a telling section in the indictment of alleged MS13 members filed by El Salvador's Attorney General’s Office as part of Operation Jaque. It comes on page 223 of the 1,355-page accusation... Read more
On June 23, 2015, Jaime Alexander Monge and Larry Jesus Navarete were talking on the phone. Monge was in Arkansas. Navarete was in the California state penitentiary system. The two were talking about... Read more

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