Youth with gang tattoos of MS-13 or Mara Salvatrucha, a violent gang that started in Los Angeles and then spread to Central America and other parts of the United States. Photo from FBI files.

Immigrant Law Center tackles asylum appeal for youth fleeing gangs

Three El Salvadoran teenage siblings fled their country in 2004 after members of a violent youth gang known as MS-13 beat the two younger brothers and threatened to kill them if they did not join the gang. Now living in the St. Paul area, the youths have tried to get asylum. So far, they have lost at each step of the way. Now their case is heading to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Continue Reading