All About MS13

BARRIO 18 / 29 JUN 2018

In our June 28 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-Director Steve Dudley and Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos discussed how the "zero-tolerance" immigration policies of the administration of US President…

BARRIO 18 / 20 JUN 2018

The Trump administration’s stated purpose of “zero tolerance” of illegal immigration on US borders is to lower crime rates, but research shows that the net effect may be the opposite.

ELITES AND CRIME / 15 JUN 2018

Evidence presented in a Honduras court that a former mayor's campaign was partly financed by the MS13 -- the first such case in the country -- is a new sign…

BARRIO 18 / 1 JUN 2018

In our May 31 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Managing Editor Josefina Salomón analyzed a recent report that accused the United States of financing…

BARRIO 18 / 31 MAY 2018

A new report says that the United States funded an elite unit of El Salvador’s national police that committed egregious abuses of force including extrajudicial killings, underscoring flaws in the…

BARRIO 18 / 31 MAY 2018

Authorities in El Salvador are keen to expand a much-praised local policing model believed to have helped two rural communities tackle bloody gang control. But a visit to the areas…

EL SALVADOR / 28 MAY 2018

Ernesto Deras cannot explain why he got up from his seat, approached the front of a church in the Panorama City neighborhood of Los Angeles, and started crying uncontrollably.

MS13 / 24 MAY 2018

US President Donald Trump is doubling down on his administration’s rhetorical campaign against the MS13 as a way to promote tougher immigration laws and border enforcement, but the…

EL SALVADOR / 1 MAY 2018

Relatives of a prominent MS13 leader in El Salvador were arrested on allegations that they received drug shipments originating in Colombia for distribution in local Salvadoran markets. But the accusations…

ELITES AND CRIME / 24 APR 2018

The recent arrest of a Guatemalan army colonel for allegedly laundering money for the MS13 shows gangs are growing more sophisticated in their operations and ties to security forces.

EL SALVADOR / 17 APR 2018

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) murders people, assaults people, takes over neighborhoods ... and makes music.

EL SALVADOR / 20 MAR 2018

President Donald Trump cites the MS13 to justify his administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration from Latin America. There’s a problem here -- and it’s not just the MS13’s violent ethos.

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

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InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…