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Who Taught the MS13 Politics?

The first MS13 and Barrio 18 gang members to arrive in El Salvador were deported from the United States in the late 1980s. Some even fought in the civil war, which...
El Salvador President Salvador Sánchez Cerén

Negotiations Between El Salvador Govt, MS13 Prove Elusive

The administration of El Salvador President Salvador Sánchez Cerén insists that it will not negotiate with the MS13 gang, which made a public proposal at the...
Photographs of people reported missing in El Salvador

El Salvador Disappearances Down From Post-Gang Truce Peak

Newly reported statistics from El Salvador's National Civil Police indicate that disappearances have declined from a peak reached in 2014 after the dissolution of a...
A car lot raided during 'Operation Check.' c/o Fred Ramos/El Faro

Case Against El Salvador’s MS13 Reveals State Role in Gang’s Growth

A massive operation that has bared the finances of El Salvador’s Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) gang offers compelling evidence of a long suspected theory: government...
Gang rivals talk during the truce. c/o El Faro

Gangs Find Common Ground in El Salvador Crackdown

El Salvador’s three main gangs have moved toward forming a common front with a coordinating committee and a nonaggression pact that prohibits the invasion of other...
An OAS official shakes hand with a gang member as a Catholic bishop looks on

Criminal Truces in Latin America: The Ultimate Catch-22

A recent report examining the effect of criminal truces in Latin America is both promising and discouraging; although we have the tools to bring a measure of peace...
Attorney General Meléndez announcing the charges during a press conference. c/o Salvador Meléndez/Factum

El Salvador Govt Turns Blind Eye to Its Own Deals with Gangs

El Salvador's government is attempting to legally bury any remnant of an old, officially-mediated truce between the country's two biggest gangs, seemingly oblivious...

El Salvador Arrests Officials As Gang Truce Investigation Escalates

Authorities in El Salvador have arrested public officials and mediators accused of acting illegally to facilitate a controversial and now defunct gang truce,...
El Salvador's Legislative Assembly

El Salvador Reforms Classify Gangs as Terrorists, Criminalize Negotiation

Legislators in El Salvador have passed anti-gang reform measures that establish new crimes, prohibit negotiation with criminals, and classify gangs as terrorist...
Mid-level gang leaders transferred to Quezaltepeque prison

Standoff Between Gangs, Government Deepens in El Salvador

El Salvador's government is pushing ahead with measures to get tough on gangs despite a drop in killings over the past few days ordered by gang leaders in an...
An alleged member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang

El Salvador Govt Helped Strengthen Gangs: Gang Leader

In an interview with investigative news website El Faro, an unidentified gang leader asserts that El Salvador's political parties offered gang leaders special...
MS13 and Barrio 18 spokesmen called for an end to homicides

El Salvador Gang Leaders Order End to Killing

Purported gang leaders in El Salvador have instructed rank and file members to stop committing homicides, but it's unclear if the gangs possess the organizational...