Assessing the Transnational Criminal Capacity of MS-13 in the US and El Salvador

Project: Research project

Project Details


SCOPE OF WORK Project Title: Assessing the Transnational Criminal Capacity of MS-13 in the U.S. and El Salvador Project Dates: 01/01/2014 12/31/2015 Prime PI: Ed Maguire, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Justice, Law, and Society American University Subcontract PI: Charles M. Katz, Ph.D. Watts Family Director of the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety (CVPCS) Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Arizona State University Under the direction of Dr. Katz, Arizona State University will collaborate on the above named research project. During the start-up phase of research, Dr. Katz will share the semi-structured interview protocol developed for his previous study of MS-13 and assist the PIs in adapting it to the current project. During that time, he will also participate in a meeting of the research team in Washington, DC. Dr. Katz and his team will assume full responsibility for data collection in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. This includes carrying out semi-structured qualitative interviews with stakeholders, administering a gang expert survey to public officials, and interviewing approximately 100 active MS-13 gang members. Furthermore, using equipment available at ASUs Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, Dr. Katz and his team will manage the automated processing of survey instruments for the entire project. He will also collaborate with American University researchers in the interpretation of findings and contribute to the publications and reports emanating from this project.
Effective start/end date7/1/1412/31/17


  • US Department of Justice (DOJ): $220,088.00


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