InSight Crime is a foundation dedicated to the study of the principal threat to national and citizen security in Latin America and the Caribbean: organized crime.
We seek to deepen and inform the debate about organized crime in the Americas by providing the general public with regular reporting, analysis and investigation on the subject and on state efforts to combat it.
We fulfill this mission by:
InSight Crime was started in April 2010 by two journalists, Jeremy McDermott and Steven Dudley (meet the InSight Crime team), under the auspices of the Fundacion Ideas para la Paz in Bogota, Colombia, and with funding from the Open Society Foundations. The mission of the organization was to fill a hole created by falling coverage in Latin America and the Caribbean, as foreign media organizations closed down their bureaus, and national media and local NGOs cut back on field research.
The main team established itself in Medellin, Colombia, the historic heart of the cocaine industry. In August 2010, American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) in Washington DC became a sponsor. CLALS set up the project office in Washington, and has provided infrastructure and a place where InSight Crime can interact with the leading academics on this issue.
InSight Crime launched www.insightcrime.org on December 1, 2010, with profiles on groups, personalities, and security initiatives in Mexico and Colombia. Since then we have greatly expanded the number of countries where we provide regular coverage of events and do field research. Today, there is hardly a nation in the region where we have not worked.
In May 2012, the organization legally and formally constituted the InSight Crime Foundation, an independent, non-profit research institution with headquarters in Medellin, Colombia. It currently has offices in Medellin, Colombia, and at American University in Washington DC.
In September 2012, the foundation launched a Spanish language site. Today these two websites form the largest and most comprehensive database on organized crime in the Americas, with more articles being added every day.
Consulting, Training, and More
The two websites are just one aspect of the work of Foundation InSight Crime. Others include:
See more on what we do.
InSight Crime offers unpaid research internships on a rolling basis. Applicants are expected to demonstrate an interest and familiarity with the subject matter. Interns contribute directly to analysis and investigative projects, in addition to basic site maintenance. While our internship program is fairly flexible and we encourage interns to work remotely, it requires a commitment of at least 10-15 hours per week, for periods of no less than three months. We will only accept the number of interns that we can mentor at a given time on a one-on-one basis.
Applicants must have obtained or be working towards an advanced degree in political science, history, criminal justice, international journalism or Latin American studies and are expected to speak and read Spanish or Portuguese in addition to English.
Employment Opportunities at InSight Crime
The Foundation only recruits staff from people who have already written for us or done an internship.