Since he became the first former gang member granted political asylum in the United States, many have followed the activism and work of gang interventionist and Homies Unidos founder Alex Sanchez. But for the last three years, many have followed him for a different reason-his implication in a complicated, high-profile criminal case.
A member of the MS-13 street gang admitted in court Monday that he killed a bouncer in a Hempstead bar to gain the respect of other gang members and not because he had any sort of personal beef with the victim. Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, Vidal Espinal, 24, said that he fatally shot security [...]
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration declared the ultra-violent street gang MS-13 to be an international criminal group on Thursday, an unprecedented crackdown targeting the finances of the sprawling U.S. and Central American gang infamous for hacking and stabbing victims with machetes. The Treasury Department formally designated MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, a transnational criminal organization. The [...]