The MS-13 gang operates in Central America, Mexico and the U.S. But so far its efforts to get into the drug business have failed.
Trump justice officials portray the Salvadoran gang MS-13 as a powerful drug cartel staffed with criminal undocumented immigrants. That's a dangerous mistake if you actually want to prevent violence.
Transnational gangs like MS-13 are a major driver of violence in El Salvador, but they are far from the only problem.
The U.S. government has ended the protective status of 200,000 Salvadoran migrants. If deported, they would go back to one of the world's deadliest places. How did violence in El Salvador get so bad?
Arrests aside, until the politicians who collude with gangs are stopped, crime in Central America will likely continue unchecked.
Corruption, not gang warfare, is the root cause of the record violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Until public officials stop shielding criminal groups like MS-13, lawlessness will reign.
Solo puede haber democracia plena y un estado de derecho donde la mujer vale como ser humano y no solamente como incubador de vida.
Un 75% de todos los abortos en América Latina son ilegales y arriesgados, según un nuevo informe. En Centroamérica, la prohibición del aborto corresponde con una falta generalizada de democracia.
Clampdown: gang members arrested in El Salvador in 2016.
Young people in El Salvador are finding themselves caught up in the war between the gangs and the state.
In El Salvador, the dead are almost innumerable, but not forgotten.
Latin America's murder rate is the highest in the world, accounting for one in every four homicides on the planet.
A Salvadoran man believed to be a member of the MS-13 gang as he is arrested.
AP Photo/Josh Reynolds
Trump's plans to crack down on immigration could create the same conditions that led to MS-13's birth and expansion.
A Salvadoran family who fled to the U.S. when armed men killed the father.
AP Photo/LM Otero
Despite Trump’s rhetoric, Mexicans are no longer crossing the border in massive numbers. Data show a new group of migrants is arriving, and for very different reasons.
A woman cries during the funeral of a victim of a fire at a children’s shelter in Guatemala.
Young people from Central America continue to cross the U.S. border. Can programs funded by humanitarian assistance targeting root causes of migration help?
Marlene Mosqueda’s father was arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in February.
AP Photo/Nick Ut, File
Three stories show how today's deportations are reminiscent of what immigrants experienced during immigration raids under President Obama.
Violence in El Salvador is not perpetuated by the gangs alone.
El Salvador stands at the centre of the current refugee crisis in Central America. But gang violence is not the only reason why its people are fleeing their country.
These children are just a few of thousands feeling gang violence in central America.
The spectacular arrival of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children at the southern frontier of the US over the last three years has provoked a frenzied response. President Obama calls the…