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BARRIO 18 / 1 SEP 2017

Officials in El Salvador agreed to move a group of MS13 leaders after one member offered to cause a split in the gang. In exchange, he and his "henchmen"…

BARRIO 18 / 1 SEP 2017

The judge presiding over the so-called "Truce Trial" has chosen to acquit all 18 suspects, while indicating that El Salvador's former President Mauricio Funes and former…

BARRIO 18 / 24 AUG 2017

As part of a broader investigation detailing abuses by police in El Salvador, news outlet Factum describes how officers have used social media to coordinate and discuss extrajudicial…

BARRIO 18 / 23 AUG 2017

A special forces unit in the El Salvador police committed at least three extrajudicial executions, sexually assaulted two teenagers and extorted money via Facebook, according to an investigation by the…

BARRIO 18 / 17 AUG 2017

A trial in El Salvador has brought to light new revelations about the extent of the relationships between the country's powerful gangs and its political elite, but it has…

BARRIO 18 / 9 AUG 2017

A trial has begun in El Salvador against several officials for their alleged illegal activity related to a controversial gang truce between 2012 to 2014. The testimony and evidence…

BARRIO 18 / 19 JUL 2017

Authorities in Mexico's southern border region have detained a growing number of gang members in 2017. Their affiliation, however, is reportedly with two Central American gangs, the MS13 and Barrio…

BARRIO 18 / 7 JUL 2017

Female gang members in Honduras are taking a more active role in criminal activities as gang leaders are transferred into maximum security prisons, a Honduras newspaper reported. If true,…

BARRIO 18 / 19 JUN 2017

The Barrio 18 gang in El Salvador allegedly engaged in large-scale extortion of a community water management project, underscoring flaws in the government's claims that security is improving across the…

BARRIO 18 / 26 MAY 2017

Seven gang members were each condemned to 390 years in prison for the murder of eleven people in El Salvador -- a symbolic judgement involving a massacre that was instrumental…

BARRIO 18 / 18 MAY 2017

A minister in El Salvador has been implicated in a controversial and now defunct gang truce, in a move that may be meant to discredit the ceasefire and officials involved…

BARRIO 18 / 5 MAY 2017

A recently published video appears to show the head of Guatemala's penitentiary system negotiating with gang leaders in a maximum-security prison, a stark reminder of how much authority the state…

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