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After Scandal, El Salvador Police Trade One Elite Unit for Another

Two months after a scandal over the abduction of a police officer by members of her own elite unit, El Salvador's national police announced the unit’s replacement...
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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...
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MS13 and International Drug Trafficking: Gang Project vs. Entrepreneurism

On June 23, 2015, Jaime Alexander Monge and Larry Jesus Navarete were talking on the phone. Monge was in Arkansas. Navarete was in the California state penitentiary...
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US Congress Rejects Trump Proposals to Slash Latin America Security Aid

A new analysis suggests the US congress is poised to push back against President Donald Trump's proposals for massive cuts in security aid...