InSight Crime reports on The Problem With Counting Gang Members in Honduras
Estimates for the number of gang members in Honduras range widely, mostly because authorities have a poor understanding of the differences between gang collaborators versus full-fledged members. Without understanding this difference, the Honduran government may never develop an effective policy for undermining gang influence.
Estimated Gang Members in Honduras
|Source||Estimated Number of Gang Members in Honduras|
|The National Program for Prevention, Rehabilitation and Social Reinsertion (Programa Nacional de Prevencion, Rehabilitacion y Reinsercion Social)||4,728 active gang members
447 active gang members in prison
|Jovenes Honduras Adelante – Juntos Avancemos (JHA-KA)||5,000 to 6,000 active members of the MS13 and Barrio 18|
|United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)||12,000 gang members in the country (7,000 in the Barrio 18and 5,000 in the MS13)|
|US State Department diplomatic cable||25,000 to 40,000 gang members|
|Honduran police||25,000 active members of theMS13 and Barrio 18|
|US Agency for International Development (USAID)||36,000 active gang members|
The county has not legally defined clearly what constitutes a “gang member”.