MS-13: A gang profile

Jennifer J. Adams, Jesenia Pizarro-Terrill

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The purpose of this article is to shed some light into the characteristics and origins of the MS-13 by compiling what it is known about the group in a gang profile. In doing this, this article discusses MS-13's origins, proliferation, characteristics, norms, and involvement in illegal enterprises. We also discuss recent policies used by law enforcement in an attempt to combat this gang.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Gang Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law
  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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