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MS13 Is a Street Gang, Not a Drug Cartel — and the Difference Matters

President Donald Trump cites the MS13 to justify his administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration from Latin America. There’s a problem here -- and it’s...
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The Birth of the MS13 in New York

When Edgar Torres came to Long Island, the Mara Salvatrucha did not exist. There was no trace of graffiti with the letters "M" or "S"...
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MS13 Feud Spreads to Mexico, but Gang’s Presence Remains Limited

The killing of a dissident member of El Salvador’s MS13 gang in Mexico City suggests the rift between the gang’s leadership and the splinter group known as...
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Mexico Arrests MS13 Leader Busting Up Latest Gang Trafficking Ring

Mexico authorities have arrested an MS13 leader in Tijuana, disrupting another attempt by the gang to create a small international drug trafficking pipeline into...
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El Salvador Military Officers Ordered Executions: Attorney General

New evidence alleges that high-ranking members of El Salvador’s military commanded a secret death squad to execute gang members, the first time senior military...
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Weekly InSight: Organized Crime Influence in El Salvador Election

In our February 22 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the criminal infiltration of El...
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MS13 Trial in Spain Highlights Gang’s Struggle for International Unity

The trial has begun in Spain related to the country's largest-ever operation against the MS13, revealing details of the Central American gang’s failed attempt to...
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‘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 experts visited the country, returning with largely damning...
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MS13 in the Americas: Major Findings

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,...