All About MS13

EL SALVADOR / 9 MAR 2018

When Edgar Torres came to Long Island, the Mara Salvatrucha did not exist. There was no trace of graffiti with the letters "M" or "S" anywhere.

EL SALVADOR / 8 MAR 2018

The killing of a dissident member of El Salvador’s MS13 gang in Mexico City suggests the rift between the gang’s leadership and the splinter group known as MS503 has spread…

EL SALVADOR / 3 MAR 2018

Mexico authorities have arrested an MS13 leader in Tijuana, disrupting another attempt by the gang to create a small international drug trafficking pipeline into the United States.

EL SALVADOR / 28 FEB 2018

New evidence alleges that high-ranking members of El Salvador’s military commanded a secret death squad to execute gang members, the first time senior military personnel have been implicated in ordering…

BARRIO 18 / 22 FEB 2018

In our February 22 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the criminal infiltration of El Salvador’s politics ahead of legislative and municipal…

EL SALVADOR / 21 FEB 2018

The trial has begun in Spain related to the country's largest-ever operation against the MS13, revealing details of the Central American gang’s failed attempt to unify factions and expand operations…

BARRIO 18 / 16 FEB 2018

The United Nations has it eyes set on El Salvador. In a period of a few months, four of its top experts visited the country, returning with largely damning assessments…

EL SALVADOR / 16 FEB 2018

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) is one of the world’s largest and arguably most violent street gangs. After relatively humble beginnings in Los Angeles in the 1980s, it has spread to…

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 15 FEB 2018

In our February 15 Facebook Live session, Co-Director Steven Dudley, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa took a behind-the-scenes look at InSight Crime's groundbreaking new investigation…

EL SALVADOR / 15 FEB 2018

Dany Balmore Romero García was sitting in class at a vocational college in El Salvador when he got a message from a friend. On the news, they were saying the…

EL SALVADOR / 14 FEB 2018

On December 13, 2015, MS13 gang leader Edwin Mancía Flores, alias “Shugar,” made a phone call from a prison in El Salvador. On the other end of the line was…

EL SALVADOR / 13 FEB 2018

There is a telling section in the indictment of alleged MS13 members filed by El Salvador's Attorney General’s Office as part of Operation Jaque. It comes on page 223 of…

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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…