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The MS13 is now a 'priority target' in the United States, according to AG Jeff Sessions
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US Toughens Rhetoric, Declares MS13 ‘Priority’ Target

In a new escalation in the Trump administration's narrative on the MS13, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he has named the street gang a top...
A former Barrio 18 gang member
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Why It’s So Hard to Leave El Salvador’s Gangs: An Interview With José Miguel Cruz

Around 85 percent of gang members in El Salvador have thought about distancing themselves from gang life or leaving entirely. But with few reported success stories,...
MS13 graffiti in the United States
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Weekly InSight: The MS13’s East Coast Program

In our October 5 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley spoke with Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos about InSight Crime's ongoing coverage of the...
El Salvador saw 435 homicides in September
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El Salvador Violence Rising Despite ‘Extraordinary’ Anti-Gang Measures

September in El Salvador saw 435 homicides -- almost 15 per day -- making it the country's most violent month in 2017, according to official figures. And this...
MS13 graffiti
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US Accuses MS13 Member of Directing East Coast Gang Cells From El Salvador

On September 20 in a Boston federal court, the US Department of Justice charged Edwin Mancía Flores, alias "Shugar," with involvement in a racketeering...
Dany Romero at the time of his 2016 arrest in El Salvador
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Weekly InSight: El Salvador’s Dany Romero – Gang Leader, Activist, or Both?

In our September 28 Facebook Live session, senior editor Mike LaSusa spoke with freelance journalist Nicholas Phillips about his recent investigation into the life...
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The Allegory of El Salvador’s ‘Dany Boy’: MS13 Gang Leader, Activist, or Both?

Dany Balmore Romero García faces trial in El Salvador on charges of participating in gang activities and conspiring to commit murder. The case against him...
El Salvador police officers
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El Salvador Police Running ‘Clandestine Jails’: Report

Officers of El Salvador's national police are allegedly running "clandestine jails" where they illegally hold suspected gang members, another indication of the...
Arrests during El Salvador anti-gang operation
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Amid Elite Crime Scandals, CentAm Continues Anti-Gang Focus

Authorities in Central America have arrested hundreds of suspected gang members in recent days during coinciding operations, but their willingness to mount...