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Helping Stem Transnational Crime

Working through the Central American Regional Security Initiative, the FBI’s National Gang Task Force specifically supports six programs targeting the transnational threats posed by the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs. A valuable weapon against transnational gangs, these programs are proof positive that transnational cooperation among law enforcement can trump cross-border collaboration among criminals.

Sep 06, 2013 04:00 PM

Helping Stem Transnational Crime

Central America mapFour leaders of the MS-13 gang were convicted in Atlanta recently in connection with a terrorizing violent crime spree. During the course of the investigation, we determined that many of their violent acts were directed by gang leadership in El Salvador and Honduras—a common occurrence uncovered in other investigations as well. This international criminal nexus of violent gangs is the focus of several FBI programs funded by the U.S. State Department through the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI).

CARSI’s overall goal is to confront the dangers of organized crime, violent gangs, and drug trafficking in Central America and the U.S., and several domestic federal agencies participate in various facets of the initiative. The FBI, through its National Gang Task Force, specifically supports six programs targeting the transnational threats posed by the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs.

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