News Analysis

How Smartphone Apps Can Improve Citizen Security in LatAm

How Smartphone Apps Can Improve Citizen Security in LatAm

A new smartphone application from Brazil maps where various types of crimes occurred and offers users the safest route home, in just one example of how the technology provided by mobile devices is being used to improve citizen security in Latin America. Read More

News Briefs

Top Urabeños Hit Man Captured in Spain

Top Urabeños Hit Man Captured in Spain

An alleged high-ranking member of Colombia's most powerful criminal group Urabeños was recently captured in Spain, which may be a sign of increasing competition for European drug markets between the heavyweights of Latin America's underworld. Read More

Hong Kong Seizes Record Shipment of Honduran Wood

Hong Kong Seizes Record Shipment of Honduran Wood

Authorities in Hong Kong have seized rosewood from Honduras in what is reportedly the largest seizure of protected wood in the last ten years, highlighting how the demand for wood in Asia is driving illegal timber trafficking in Central America. Read More

Colombia to Extradite Paramilitary Drug Capo 'Don Mario'

Colombia to Extradite Paramilitary Drug Capo 'Don Mario'

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has signed the order that will send drug trafficker and former paramilitary chief Daniel Rendon Herrera, alias "Don Mario," to the US, following a drawn out case that has raised questions relevant to the current peace process with the FARC guerrillas.  Read More

Jamaica Police Killings Drop Sharply in 2014

Jamaica Police Killings Drop Sharply in 2014

Jamaica is on track to report just over 100 killings by police officers this year, drastically lower than the 258 reported fatal shootings by security forces in 2013 -- a reduction that could be partly attributable to the work of an anti-impunity commission set up in 2010.  Read More