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BARRIO 18 / 2 FEB 2018

This week, Guatemala’s new interior minister asked Congress to reform the penal code in order to designate the country’s gang members as terrorists, a seemingly unlikely request in the…

BARRIO 18 / 2 FEB 2018

A former El Salvador mayor has become the country’s first mayor to be convicted of illicit association with gangs, a small step toward addressing the widespread problem of gang infiltration…

BARRIO 18 / 5 DEC 2017

Authorities in Guatemala have accused several prison guards of conspiring with alleged gang members to murder a prison director, a reminder of how widespread corruption in the penitentiary system…

BARRIO 18 / 30 NOV 2017

Powerful statements made by a member of one of El Salvador’s most notorious gangs to the New York Times illustrate the group’s violent approach and its current war…

BARRIO 18 / 8 NOV 2017

Respondents to a recent survey in El Salvador were far more likely to believe that gangs -- not government officials -- "rule" the country, underscoring how the state's failure…

BARRIO 18 / 7 NOV 2017

The administration of US President Donald Trump has announced that it plans to end to a migration policy known as Temporary Protected Status for 2,500 Nicaraguans, while 60,000 Hondurans have…

BARRIO 18 / 2 NOV 2017

In our November 2 Facebook Live session, senior investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and senior editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime's new investigation of the criminal ties of José…

BARRIO 18 / 2 NOV 2017

Stories such as that of the former mayor of the El Salvador municipality of Apopa, José Elías Hernández, or "Old Timer" as the gangs knew him, are increasingly…

BARRIO 18 / 1 NOV 2017

El Salvador Police Chief Howard Cotto warned that gangs plan to infiltrate local politics by involving themselves in municipal elections, echoing the findings of InSight Crime's investigative series examining the…

BARRIO 18 / 16 OCT 2017

Around 85 percent of gang members in El Salvador have thought about distancing themselves from gang life or leaving entirely. But with few reported success stories, little is known about…

BARRIO 18 / 20 SEP 2017

Officers of El Salvador's national police are allegedly running "clandestine jails" where they illegally hold suspected gang members, another indication of the extreme anti-gang methods being employed by security forces…

BARRIO 18 / 4 SEP 2017

A new report mapping violence in Honduras' capital suggests that the country's gangs remain a root cause driving the violence, a finding consistent with years past but difficult to…

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