05/15/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/15/2019 16:53
Today, the Attorney General will travel to El Salvador to meet with deployed Department of Justice employees, diplomats, and law enforcement officials from the Northern Triangle countries to advance key Department priorities, including interdicting illegal narcotics, dismantling MS-13, the 18th Street Gang and other transnational criminal organizations, and combatting illegal migration and human trafficking. While in El Salvador, the Attorney General will also tour the International Law Enforcement Academy and participate in the Third Ministerial of the Northern Triangle Attorneys General in order to further strengthen our international law enforcement partnerships, which are critical to stopping the flow of drugs, illegal guns, and human trafficking before they can reach our Southern Border.
'International cooperation is the key to countering the scourge of MS-13 and other vicious transnational criminal organizations,' said Attorney General William P. Barr. 'We have to eradicate these gangs wherever we find them before they threaten the safety of all of our communities. In order to incapacitate MS-13 and similar groups, we will use all lawful tools within and outside our borders to make sure these criminals face justice. This trip is an important step in furthering this Administration priority.'