All About El Salvador gang truce

BARRIO 18 / 19 JUL 2013

El Salvador's new security minister has claimed the truce has allowed the Barrio 18 and MS-13 street gangs to strengthen ties with transnational drug traffickers, showing a significant rhetorical shift…

BARRIO 18 / 18 JUL 2013

A recent spike in homicides raises concerns about the state of El Salvador's gang truce. But if the numbers are examined more carefully, they show that these alarm bells are…

BARRIO 18 / 12 JUL 2013

El Salvador and Honduras are pioneering new efforts to stop gang-related violence via truces, but there are some critical differences between the two experiments that may make or break them.

EL SALVADOR / 8 JUL 2013

According to police intelligence, El Salvador gangs are expanding into loans, security services, and legal businesses, which officials claim is a sign that criminal groups are utilizing the gang truce…

EL SALVADOR / 5 JUL 2013

Salvadoran officials have called for an investigation into truce mediator Raul Mijango, after he made comments suggesting that a recent spike in homicides is related to gang dissatisfaction and would…

EL SALVADOR GANG TRUCE / 3 JUL 2013

Harsh and repressive actions taken against gangs by Central American governments have served to worsen violence, according to the independent research project Small Arms Survey, highlighting the need for policy…

EL SALVADOR / 28 JUN 2013

El Salvador's Attorney General has accused a former minister, who played a critical role in coordinating the country's gang truce, of hampering police operations targeting gangs, highlighting one of the contradictions…

DISPLACEMENT / 21 JUN 2013

Three families from Soyapango, a municipality on the edge of El Salvador's capital, San Salvador, have been forced from their homes by gangs, in another indication of the challenges of…

EL SALVADOR / 17 JUN 2013

The United States has announced $91.2 million in funding for security programs in El Salvador that are not aligned with the country's gang truce, raising the question of whether…

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…

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.

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…

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