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Weekly InSight: El Salvador’s Dany Romero – Gang Leader, Activist, or Both?

In our September 28 Facebook Live session, senior editor Mike LaSusa spoke with freelance journalist Nicholas Phillips about his recent investigation into the life of Dany Romero, and how Romero’s story illustrates the complexities of determining who is a gang member in El Salvador

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Weekly InSight: El Salvador’s Gang Truce on Trial

In our August 17 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about a trial related to El Salvador‘s controversial gang truce that has spotlighted close ties between gangs and politics in the Central American country…

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Honduras Authorities Seize Assets of ‘Top MS13 Money Launderer’

Authorities in Honduras have identified an individual they say is the top money launderer for the MS13 gang in that country, a development that illustrates the potential of investigations that target the financial structures of criminal groups…

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‘MS13 Gang Sought High-Powered Arms in Mexico, Guatemala’

Prosecutors in El Salvador have filed court documents alleging that MS13 leaders sought to arm an “elite unit” of the gang with high-powered weapons purchased in Mexico and Guatemala, an indication that the group’s transnational connections contribute to its domestic clout…

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El Salvador Mayor’s Arrest Highlights Gangs’ Political Clout

The recent arrest of a Salvadoran mayor, charged with using his position to provide favors to gang members in exchange for political benefits, illustrates the deep ties that can exist between criminal and political actors in El Salvador

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Salvador Gang MS-13 Increasing Activity in US: Reports

Authorities have linked several recent murders in the Washington, DC area to alleged members of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13, suggesting the organization’s El Salvador-based leadership may be moving to consolidate its relationship with US-based “cliques”.

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