El Salvador's Gang Truce: Positives And Negatives

EL SALVADOR / 11 JUN 2013

Whether it is sustainable or not, the truce — which the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and the Barrio 18 put into place March 2012 — has changed the conventional thinking about who the gangs are and what makes them work.

Chapter 1

Barrio 18 Leader 'Viejo Lin' on El Salvador Gang Truce

BARRIO 18 / 7 JUN 2013

Barrio 18 leader Carlos Lechuga Mojica, alias "El Viejo Lin," is one of the most prominent spokesmen for El Salvador's gang truce. InSight Crime co-director Steven Dudley spoke with Mojica…

Chapter 2

A Look Inside El Salvador's Prison Nightmare (Video)

BARRIO 18 / 11 JUN 2013

El Salvador's Cojutepeque jail is a perfect illustration of how prisons in this country have become the main breeding and training grounds for street gangs.

Chapter 3

MS-13's 'El Barney': A Trend or an Isolated Case?

BARRIO 18 / 11 JUN 2013

In October 2012, the US Treasury Department designated the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) as a transnational criminal organization (TCO). While this assertion seems unfounded, there is one case that illustrates just…

Chapter 4

El Salvador's Gang Truce: Positives and Negatives

BARRIO 18 / 10 JUN 2013

La tregua entre las dos pandillas más grandes de El Salvador (la MS13 y Barrio 18) abre nuevas posibilidades sobre la forma de lidiar con el aparentemente insoluble problema de…

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