Recently, students in Catalina Del Carmen Calero Ramirez's course XXX worked together on a Spanish language presentation, which was featured in the University Commons, investigating the Central American gangs refered to as "Las Maras".
Generally, "Las Maras" (or marabuntas) simply refers to gangs originating from Central American countries such as El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. However, it is also the name of two of most notorious major gangs that reside and operate in these regions - Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha. These gangs, which originated in the USA, are involved in a large number of criminal activities, including drug trafficing and homocide.
The students did an incredible job on the project, and all those interested in more information on "Las Maras" can view the entire presentation in Spanish here.