Tag: Mara Salvatrucha

El Salvador Arrests Architects of Failed Gang Truce

Top Story — El Salvador’s Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday announced the arrest of 21 people involved in a controversial 2012 gang treaty that has since broken down, including former […] Read More >

El Salvador Unveils New Gang Unit for Rural Areas

Top Story — The government of El Salvador has dispatched 1,000 soldiers and police officers to the countryside to combat gangs, reflecting a recent shift in gang activity away from […] Read More >

17 Inmates Dead After Guatemalan Prison Riot

Top Story — Two thousand police officials finally managed to get a Guatemalan prison under control on Monday after a fight broke out that resulted in the death of 17 inmates, […] Read More >

Murder in El Salvador Hits Highest Levels Since Civil War

Top Story — El Salvador saw more murders in the month of May than in any other month since the end of the country’s civil war in 1992, as gang […] Read More >

Violence Against Women Is Widespread in El Salvador’s Gangs

Top Story — The number of women and girls immigrating to the United States from Central America after being kidnapped or raped has risen sharply over the last year, The […] Read More >

Community Roundtable in El Salvador Seeks to Mitigate Violence

ILOPANGO, El Salvador — In 2012, the two major Salvadoran gangs, MS-13 and the 18th Street Gang, brokered a truce supported by the government. The gang leaders agreed to stop […] Read More >

El Salvador: Reported Truce Between Gangs Raises Questions

Today in Latin America Top Story — Leaders of El Salvador’s Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs confirmed Friday that they have reached a truce which they say has contributed to […] Read More >

Weekly News Summary: Dec. 11, 2009 – Dec. 18, 2009

This section contains brief summaries of the main stories to come out of Latin America this week. Compiled by the staff of the Latin America News Dispatch. Argentina: A former […] Read More >