News Analysis

Panic Ensues After MS13 Allegedly Prohibits Blonde Hair in Honduras Markets

Panic Ensues After MS13 Allegedly Prohibits Blonde Hair in Honduras Markets

Rumors that the MS13 prohibited women from having blonde hair in marketplaces have sparked panic in Honduras, demonstrating the terror triggered by the country's gangs and possibly marking an attempt at more far-reaching social control.     Read More

News Briefs

Criminal Groups Target Peru Schools, Killing Director

Criminal Groups Target Peru Schools, Killing Director

A spate of killings at schools in Peru that authorities say were targeted for extortion serve as a stark reminder of how organized crime preys on educational centers throughout the region as a source of both income and new recruits.  Read More

Criminal Battle Rages in Guerrero, Mexico Under Watch of Security Forces

Criminal Battle Rages in Guerrero, Mexico Under Watch of Security Forces

A gruesome battle between two relatively unknown drug gangs over a municipality in Guerrero, Mexico has led to mysterious disappearances, an uptick in murders, and political assassinations, the consequences of the state's ongoing criminal fragmentation. Read More

Politician's Arrest Puts Paraguay's Justice System on Trial

Politician's Arrest Puts Paraguay's Justice System on Trial

The arrest of a Paraguay politician in connection with a money laundering investigation has raised hopes the country is working towards reducing rampant impunity by holding powerful figures accountable. Read More

Mexico Unplugs Narco-Cameras

Mexico Unplugs Narco-Cameras

Authorities in Reynosa, Mexico have dismantled 39 Internet-operated cameras designed to spy on security forces, the latest twist in the so-called arms race for technological superiority between police and Mexico's criminal groups.  Read More