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

In our February 15 Facebook Live session, Co-Director Steven Dudley, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa took a...
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MS13 Gang Truce: Social vs. Criminal Capital

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...
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MS13: Hierarchy vs. Federation

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...
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MS13 Violence: Method or Madness?

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...