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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...
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Guatemala’s Crossroads: Democratization of Violence and Second Chances

Published by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, December...
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SSI: MS-13 Leadership: Networks of Influence

From the introduction of the article by John P. Sullivan and Samuel Logan, published in 'The Counter Terrorist,' a magazine produced by the...
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How ‘Mano Dura’ is Strengthening Gangs

The United Nations and U.S. Southern Command estimate there are approximately 70,000 gang members, or so-called maras, most of them concentrated in the Northern...
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El Salvador Implements New Gang Law

El Salvador's hard-line law against gang activity officially took effect on Sunday, although the Attorney General's Office told La Prensa Grafica the legislation is...
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17 Dead in Honduras Gang Massacre

Honduras is seeing the fallout from Tuesday’s grisly massacre inside a shoe factory, when three perpetrators used AK-47s to slaughter 17...