With our national attention absorbed by the War on Terror or the ongoing high drama of the Mexican Drug Cartels, it can be easy to forget about other transnational criminal elements operating around the US. MS-13 received a great deal of media attention in the first decade of this century, but our collective focus has shifted. So what of MS-13? Have they dispersed? Been supplanted by another organization?  

The truth is much more complicated and a lot bloodier.

In this Dispatch…

  • What states experience the highest MS-13 activity?
  • What are MS-13’s staple activities?
  • What’s being done in response to MS-13 presence in the US?
  • Is MS-13 a transnational gang or a criminal business?
  • And more…


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