CALS Asylum Case Research Guide

How to research asylum cases and track human rights conditions by country.


Central American gang violence is pervasive in the daily lives of millions and is well documented.  The links below have useful information, but be sure to check the resources under "Where to Start" tab.



  • Gang Presence in San Salvador (scroll down for map).  2018 map with information on various gangs.
  • Presentation by USMILGP-ES (2007). Warning - some slides have graphic images.  See slide 10 for gang presence. Also has information on gang written languages, hand signals, graffiti, tattoos.

Gang Tattoo





Gang Tattoo, photo from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement