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2014

United States History

Western Oregon University

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Mara Salvatrucha (Ms-13): The Imminent Threat Inside Our Borders And Throughout The Continent, Mary Kathryn (Katy) Barlean Jun 2014

Mara Salvatrucha (Ms-13): The Imminent Threat Inside Our Borders And Throughout The Continent, Mary Kathryn (Katy) Barlean

Honors Senior Theses/Projects

For the past decade, citizens, governments, and scholars alike have expressed ongoing concerns about the increasing rates of violent crimes committed by drug traffickers, organized criminal groups, and gangs within the United States and Central America. The gang Mara Salvatrucha, familiarly known as MS-13, arguably presents the largest threat to national and regional security. The gang’s relatively recent emergence, growth, and expansion has raised serious concern. The criminal group is responsible for a multitude of crimes that directly threaten the welfare of citizens and state security from the suburbs of Washington D.C. to slums in Central American. This ...