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Las prisiones de El Salvador y la lucha por el control de MS13

El sistema penitenciario de El Salvador es el centro de operaciones de las pandillas más grandes del país. También es allí donde los miembros de una de estas pandillas, la MS13, se enfrentan entre sí por el control de la...

How the MS13 Tried (and Failed) to Create a Single Gang in the US

In July 2011, members of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) attended a meeting organized in California by a criminal known as "Bad Boy." Among the invitees was José Juan Rodríguez Juárez, known as "Dreamer," who had gone to the meeting hoping to better...

La nueva expansión de la MS13 en la Costa Este de EEUU

Agentes y fiscales federales y locales están seguros de que la MS13 se ha fortalecido en la Costa Este de Estados Unidos. No son solo los cadáveres de jóvenes desmembrados y asesinados con una crueldad que los policías no veían desde la década...

El Salvador Prisons and the Battle for the MS13’s Soul

El Salvador's prison system is the headquarters of the country's largest gangs. It is also where one of these gangs, the MS13, is fighting amongst itself for control of the...

The MS13 Moves (Again) to Expand on US East Coast

Local police and justice officials are convinced that the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) has strengthened its presence along the East Coast of the United States. The alarm follows a recent spate of violence -- of the type not seen in a decade -- which...

Honduras’ MS13 Matures, Readies for International Business Opportunities

In April 2015, Honduran police began investigating reports that the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) had ordered a ban on woman dying their hair blonde in the market places of Comayaguela, which along with capital city Tegucigalpa makes up Honduras' Central...
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7 Things the Trump Administration Gets Wrong About MS13

US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched a rhetorical campaign this week against the MS13, one of the most violent gangs in Central America. But the verbal offensive by the president and the attorney general, as well as...

MS13 de Honduras madura y se prepara para oportunidades de negocios internacionales

En abril de 2015, la policía de Honduras comenzó a investigar denuncias de que la Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) había emitido la prohibición de que las mujeres se tiñeran el cabello de rubio en los mercados de Comayaguela, que junto con la capital...

El Salvador’s MS13: ‘We Trust in God and Nayib Bukele’

The online magazine Revista Factum interviewed a spokesperson for the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) who spoke on behalf of the entire gang. In this...
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7 cosas sobre la MS13 en las que la administración Trump se equivoca

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, y su fiscal general, Jeff Sessions, se embarcaron esta semana en una ofensiva retórica contra la pandilla centroamericana MS13, una de las más violentas de las que existen en la región. La ofensiva...

The Allegory of El Salvador’s ‘Dany Boy’: MS13 Gang Leader, Activist, or Both?

Dany Balmore Romero García faces trial in El Salvador on charges of participating in gang activities and conspiring to commit murder. The case against him illustrates just how difficult it is to determine who is a gang member, and why it's so...

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, it has spread to more than a half-dozen countries and become a central focus of law...