Nearly half of Salvadorans believe gangs rule the country

El Salvador Citizens Say Gangs, Not Government ‘Rule’ the Country

Respondents to a recent survey in El Salvador were far more likely to believe that gangs -- not government officials -- "rule" the country, underscoring how the...
People displaying Salvadoran flags (Credit: Salvador Meléndez/Revista Factum)

5 Ways Ending TPS Could Impact Central America Security

The administration of US President Donald Trump has announced that it plans to end to a migration policy known as Temporary Protected Status for 2,500 Nicaraguans,...
El Salvador Police Chief Howard Cotto warns of gangs' infiltration of local politics

El Salvador Police Chief Warns of Gang Infiltration in Municipal Elections

El Salvador Police Chief Howard Cotto warned that gangs plan to infiltrate local politics by involving themselves in municipal elections, echoing the findings of...
The MS13 is now a 'priority target' in the United States, according to AG Jeff Sessions

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

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

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

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

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

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...