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El Salvador Buses Strike Against Extortion Rackets

At least two bus routes around San Salvador have been hit by drivers striking to demand that the authorities protect them from extortion demands by...
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MS13

The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13, is perhaps the most notorious street gang in the Western Hemisphere. While it has its origins in the poor, refugee-laden...
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Texas Department of Public Safety: Texas Gang Threat Assessment 2010

An assessment by the Texas Department of Public Safety of the security threat posed by gangs in the state. The report is intended to give an overview of the issue,...
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MS-13 ‘Coyote Rips’ in Houston Give Migrants Another Headache

The recent U.S. arrest of two suspected Mara Salvatrucha (MS -13) gang members who had kidnapped a group of illegal immigrants reveals a new threat along the...
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El Salvador Cameraman Murdered on Bus

A television cameraman was shot to death on a bus as he rode to work in El Salvador, the Associated Press reported. Three suspected gang members boarded the bus and...
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Street Gang No More, MS-13 Moves into Organized Crime

El Salvador's infamous street gangs, including the Mara Salvatruchas (MS-13), are getting more deeply involved in drug trafficking and are poised to become major...
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InSide: The Most Dangerous Job in the World

Much of the headlines in the region about organized crime are focused on the chase, capture, and sometimes death of infamous criminal leaders. But there are many...
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Attack on Prison Official Reveals Holes in Honduran Penitentiaries

This month’s attack on the head of the Honduran prison system has raised the important question: Does the government have any control over its...
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Maras’ Connections to Criminal Syndicates Growing

Are the brutal mara gangs in Central America allying themselves with the Mexican drug cartels, and what might this mean for organized crime in the...