Boston 25 News takes you inside an El Salvador gang jail

By: Malini Basu | Updated: Oct 6, 2018 – 4:30 PM One of the places we visited was a gang jail just outside of the capitol of San Salvador. The conditions inside of that jail were medieval, forcing our group to wear masks due to a tuberculosis outbreak. Criminal gang members deported from the […]

MS-13 ‘satanic’ killing of teen girl in Houston

Posted by Andrew Kragie | Chron | March 4, 2017 Houston police gave new details Friday morning about a shocking murder case in which prosecutors say two gang members killed a young woman as a satanic sacrifice. Detectives “believe strongly” that they have identified the slain woman, police announced, and are looking for other people […]

Westside 18th Street (West Adams)

Home > Hispanic Gangs > 18th Street > 18th Street Clicks > 18th Street West Adams Varrio Westside 18th Street, West Adams is a predominately Hispanic street gang in the West Adams area of South Los Angeles located between La Brea & Fairfax from Exposition Blvd to the 10 Santa Monica Freeway. Of all the […]

Christianity is growing rapidly in El Salvador — along with gang violence and murder rates

By Paul Glader | The Washington Post April 8 at 1:03 PM SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Elmer Villalobos was 26 when the notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang grew irritated that the private bus firm where Elmer’s older brother, Gustavo, worked refused to pay extortion fees in their neighborhood of Cuscatancingo. Gunmen from the gang […]

Ministering to the Gangs of Los Angeles

PETER JESSERER SMITH (National Catholic Register) | August 5, 2014 LOS ANGELES — The scourge of gang violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has driven tens of thousands of migrants into the U.S. and other Central-American countries. But the two major gangs that control whole swaths of these countries, MS-13 and the 18th Street […]

Gang recruiting flourishes with border crisis

Deirdre Reilly (Los Angeles Times) | July 28, 2014 Just one of the several real dangers that rides alongside the flood of illegal immigrant children over the U.S. is now surfacing: members of the cruel and vicious MS-13 gang are taking advantage of the stressed, over-worked, multi-tasking border patrol agents and are illegally crossing the […]

The Deported L.A. Gangs Behind This Border Kid Crisis

Michael Daly (The Daily Beast) | July 11, 2014 Tens of thousands of Honduran thugs have been flown home on Con Air since 2001. Now, what they learned on U.S. streets with the monstrous MS-13 and MS-18 has sent children fleeing north. Poverty was surely a factor, as no doubt was the mistaken belief that […]

MS-13 gang members and jihadists let in over the border as children

Judi McLeod (Canada Free Press) | July 7, 2014 Not all of the tens of thousands of border rushers flooding the U.S. sleep with teddybears; not many of them would stand in awe at the appearance of border greeter Nancy Pelosi, and some would never be mollified by the lollipops distributed by Texas Rep. Sheila […]

Former Salvadoran gang member says he’s living right and deserves U.S. protection

Pamela Constable (Washington Post) | May 18, 2014 At 14, Julio Martinez was a fatherless boy in El Salvador who fell in with a neighborhood gang. Soon, he said, he found himself a virtual prisoner in a larger, violent criminal organization known as MS-13. Gang leaders ordered him to extort his neighbors, beat him when […]

Reputed MS-13 gang members arrested in food-truck extortion racket

Andrew Blankstein (Los Angeles Times) | March 18, 2013 A grand jury indictment was scheduled to be unsealed Monday for about two dozen reputed members of the notorious MS-13 gang in connection with a violent extortion racket that targeted food-truck operators. The victims of the alleged organized shakedown were not four-wheeled foodie cuisine servers, such […]

Judge to consider dismissing charges against anti-gang activist

Nicole Santa Cruz and Richard Winton (Los Angeles Times) | January 16, 2013 A judge will consider dismissing federal racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder charges Wednesday against one of the nation’s most well-known anti-gang activists. The U.S. attorney’s office filed a motion in December to dismiss charges against Alex Sanchez, who they alleged was […]

LA’s gang intervention strategy headed to El Salvador in new collaboration

Rina Palta (KPCC) | October 11, 2012 The Los Angeles Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) has a new $1.5 million grant that’ll take the program international. Gang violence in L.A. has plummeted in the past couple of years. Many attribute that drop to the city’s anti-gang strategy. It focuses on casework with […]

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