Investigation and Analysis of Organized Crime

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El Salvador’s Black Widows – Female Leadership in MS13

An MS13 linked gang in El Salvador known as the Black Widows has been convicted of forcing women to marry men and then killing their new husbands as part of a complex life insurance scheme — a case which helps shed light on women in organized crime in Central...

Showtime’s ‘The Trade’ Explores Criminal Networks Tied to Migration

The second season of Showtime’s The Trade comes out March 6, and this time around the award-winning documentary...

Freeing of MS13 Leader in Honduras Raises More Questions Than Answers

A tactical military-style operation allegedly carried out by suspected gang members succeeded in freeing a high-profile MS13 leader jailed in Honduras, but serious questions...

El Salvador President Gains Most From Prosecution of Rivals

The evidence used to indict several high-ranking politicians in El Salvador for negotiating with gangs has been around for years, raising questions about why prosecutors are...

El Salvador’s Prosecutions of Officials Who Negotiated With Gangs Explained

Prosecutors in El Salvador have charged high-ranking politicians with electoral fraud in connection to their controversial negotiations with gang leaders, opening a Pandora’s...

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