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.
Stabbing deaths among young people are at an eight-year high – and the government is not doing anything effective to solve it.
Being the victim of trauma can trigger the onset of PTSD. But so can being violent against others – which means young people in gangs risk deep psychological scars.
Young people from poor backgrounds are being radicalised by criminal gangs.
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.
On the eve of its departure from Haiti after a 13-year stabilization effort, the UN faces accusations that its troops used excessive force to fight gangs, killing innocent bystanders.
It's too easy to blame gang culture.
In Rio de Janeiro, a stray bullet kills or injures one person every seven hours.
Young people in El Salvador are finding themselves caught up in the war between the gangs and the state.
A spate of recent attacks using acid have gained attention, but little is known about the motivations of the perpetrators.
The murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool in 2007 sparked a national debate on armed gangs – but what has changed 10 years on?
Trump's plans to crack down on immigration could create the same conditions that led to MS-13's birth and expansion.
Next time you hear of a young person being branded as a feral gang member, dig a little deeper.
Violent massacres at prisons in the country's north, have disrupted a delicate balance of governance.
In the age of social media and online self-promotion, being the subject of a moral panic can not only be a source of pride, but also an inducement to offend.
Money and resources in Latin America often don't reach those who need them most – and criminal gangs are on hand to take advantage.
You won't see the chains because modern slavery doesn't work like that.
Law lords ruled that a controversial law which has led to hundreds of murder convictions has been misconstrued.
Youngsters who grow up in a culture of anger and violence may be drawn to gangs, and schools then become fertile grounds for criminal behaviour.
Online threats can quickly lead to real-life shootings.