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Special interest groups have co-opted Guatemala's justice system and blocked the efforts of those trying to clean things up. InSight Crime investigates the backroom players who are pulling strings in favor of these elites.

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Meeting Raises Question: Just What is Citizen Security in Venezuela?

Meeting Raises Question: Just What is Citizen Security in Venezuela?

On September 9 to 10, Venezuela's Attorney General's office organized a conference called "Prevention is Citizen Security." It sought to bring government representatives, academics, police, and community organizers together to discuss prevention "as an indispensable...

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Mexico Senators Propose Amnesty for Self-Defense Forces

Mexico Senators Propose Amnesty for Self-Defense Forces

Senators in Mexico have proposed an initiative to create a law granting amnesty to imprisoned vigilantes including vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles, but the conditions for amnesty suggest the proposal... Read more

Reporters Give Advice, Get Money from Mexico Cartel: Video

Reporters Give Advice, Get Money from Mexico Cartel: Video

Two journalists in the Pacific Coast state of Michoacan received money from the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel for presumably giving advice about what communications strategy the group... Read more

New Arrests Link Colombia's FARC to Drug Trafficking Group

New Arrests Link Colombia's FARC to Drug Trafficking Group

Colombia's security forces captured 34 members of what the police called "one of the biggest drug trafficking organizations" in the country and linked it to rebels of the FARC, as... Read more

Paraguay Security Forces Deal Major Blow to Dissident Guerrilla Group

Paraguay Security Forces Deal Major Blow to Dissident Guerrilla Group

Paraguay's security forces have killed as many as five members of a dissident faction of the EPP guerrilla group in three days, possibly including one of its leaders, dealing a... Read more

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Chapo Isidro

Chapo Isidro

Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, alias "Chapo" or "Chapito" Isidro, is a relatively young, formerly low-profile... Read more

Gulf Cartel

Gulf Cartel

The Gulf Cartel is one of the oldest and most powerful of Mexico’s criminal groups... Read more

Oficina de Envigado

Oficina de Envigado

The inheritors of Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking empire in Colombia, the Oficina de Envigado is... Read more

FARC

FARC

As the biggest irregular army in Colombia, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas... Read more

Urabeños

Urabeños

The Urabeños, also known as the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces, are one of the most ambitious,... Read more

Red Command

Red Command

The Red Command (Comando Vermelho) is Brazil’s oldest criminal group, created in a Rio de... Read more

Zetas

Zetas

The Zetas, once the military wing of the Gulf Cartel, are among one of the... Read more

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The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

Los Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

After the capture of Zetas boss "Z40," Nuevo Laredo is bracing itself for the worst. This investigation breaks down what makes the city such an important trafficking corridor, and what it will take for the Zetas to maintain their grip on the city.

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Uruguay's Marijuana Bill

Uruguay: Marijuana, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug.

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El Salvador's Gang Truce

El Salvador's Gang Truce

The truce between El Salvador's two largest gangs -- the MS-13 and the Barrio 18 -- opens up new possibilities in how to deal with

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Juarez After The War

Juarez After The War

As a bitter war between rival cartels grinds to an end, Ciudad Juarez has lost the title of world murder capital, and is moving towards something more like normality.

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The Zetas And The Battle For Monterrey

The Zetas and the Battle for Monterrey

InSight Crime delves into the Zetas' battle for Mexico’s industrial capital, Monterrey, getting to the essence of a criminal gang that defies easy definition.

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Slavery in Latin America

Slavery in Latin America

InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into modern slavery, looking at how Latin America’s criminal groups traffic human beings and force them to work as slaves.

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FARC, Peace and Criminalization

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is being dangled before Colombia. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, the enemies of the negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the process are high.

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Displacement in Latin America

Displacement in Latin America

InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into the new face of displacement in Latin America, where organized criminal groups are expanding and forcing people to flee.

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Target: Migrants

Target: Migrants

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers.

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Zetas in Guatemala

The Zetas in Guatemala

Mexico's Zetas have taken Guatemala by storm, and they are testing this country and the rest of the region: fail this test, and Central America sinks deeper into the abyss.

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Few Escape Extortion in Medellin, Colombia

Few Escape Extortion in Medellin, Colombia

According to a Colombian business federation, 90 percent of small business owners in the Medellin area are victims of extortion, a figure that underscores both the prevalence of the crime and its enormous economic impact.

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Closer to Global Drug Policy Reform? Not So Fast

Closer to Global Drug Policy Reform? Not So Fast

A report by a panel of high-profile political figures states that the taboo around discussing new approaches to drug regulation has been broken. But while alternative drug policy advocates have enjoyed significant victories in the past...

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Did Narco-Linked El Salvador Congressman Plan Hit on Top Prosecutor?

Did Narco-Linked El Salvador Congressman Plan Hit on Top Prosecutor?

El Salvador's attorney general has accused a congressman of plotting his murder, adding a new twist to an ongoing case that has exposed alleged close ties between the legislator and a major drug trafficking network.

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