A book talk with author, Steven Dudley
About the Book:
MS-13: The Making of America’s Most Notorious Gang (HarperCollins, 2020) tells the story of the creation and spread of the gang as seen through the lives of several of its members, as well as numerous law enforcement organizations struggling to mitigate its influence. With an estimated ten thousand members operating in dozens of states and linked to thousands of grisly murders each year in the US and abroad, the MS-13 is one of the most infamous gangs on earth.
About the Author:
Steven Dudley is the co-founder and co-director of InSight Crime, and a senior fellow at American
University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies in Washington, DC. He is the former Bureau
Chief of The Miami Herald in the Andean Region and the author of Walking Ghosts: Murder and Guerrilla Politics in Colombia (Routledge 2004). Dudley has also reported from Haiti, Brazil, Nicaragua, Cuba an Miami for National Public Radio and The Washington Post, among others. Dudley has a BA in Latin American History from Cornell University and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded the Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2007 and is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. From 2012 to 2013, he was a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.