Investigation and Analysis of Organized Crime

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Eruption of Gang Violence Belies Bukele’s Security Wins in El Salvador

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has lashed out after several days of bloodshed amid a coronavirus lockdown, blaming the spike in killings on gangs. But in doing so, he has undone the government's narrative of having secured the...

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...

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...

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