Recent headlines scream out about the vicious violence and murders linked to the Central American gang MS-13 across Long Island. The federal government claims MS-13 and their main rivals, 18th Street, are in almost every state of the union, Canada, parts of Mexico, and wrecking havoc in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
For twenty years Mara Salvatrucha-13 and 18th Street brought devastating violence to the poor and war-torn country of El Salvador, helping make it the most violent country in the hemisphere. However, now after 100 days on June 16, 2012, a delicately-balanced peace treaty among the two gangs in El Salvador has resulted in a 58 percent reduction in violence-related cases and the saving of close to 800 lives.
For more on this story, visit: Luis J. Rodriguez: 100 Days of Gang Peace In El Salvador.