News Analysis

Child Trafficking: From Ecuador to the US, Through Hell

Child Trafficking: From Ecuador to the US, Through Hell

Ecuadorian children are leaving, by the dozens, for the United States. They don't carry visas and they pack light.  Read More

News Briefs

El Salvador Sees Brutal Massacre Amid Rising Violence

El Salvador Sees Brutal Massacre Amid Rising Violence

The recent killing of eight people in El Salvador was the kind of massacre that is a trademark of the transnational drug trade, in a country already wracked by violence linked to gangs and police.   Read More

What Peña Nieto Gets Wrong About Mexico's Improved Security

What Peña Nieto Gets Wrong About Mexico's Improved Security

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto has credited his administration’s security strategy for the country’s improved safety, while also asserting that police are underprepared to confront organized crime; both questionable claims worthy of closer inspection. Read More

Paraguay's Lonely Anti-Drug Prosecutor

Paraguay's Lonely Anti-Drug Prosecutor

The department of Amambay in Paraguay only has one prosecutor currently working on drug cases, raising questions about the ability of authorities to effectively prosecute these crimes in a key transit point for cocaine and marijuana trafficking in the Southern Cone. Read More

Reports of Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico Up 1000%

Reports of Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico Up 1000%

Reports of migrant kidnapping in Mexico have increased dramatically over a single year, a phenomenon that may be linked to increased migration from Central America, rising kidnapping rates in Mexico, or just better reporting.  Read More