• Rio de Janeiro Crime Map Could Help Target 'Hot Spots'

    Organized crime groups control 843 areas in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro State

    Authorities in Rio de Janeiro have mapped out areas of Brazil's second-biggest city that are under the control of criminal organizations, potentially enabling them to better target crime control resources amid growing insecurity in the metropolis.

  • Life Imitates Art: ‘City of God’ Actor Accused of Killing Rio Cop

    Ivan da Silva Martins with City of God co-stars

    Fifteen years after the release of one of Brazil's most famous movies, a man who played a drug trafficker in the film has been accused of becoming a real-life gang boss, illustrating how closely the critically-acclaimed chronicle of organized crime in Rio de Janeiro parallels the reality still playing out in the city today.

  • Weekly InSight: Drugs and Security, Latin America's Lessons for the World

    Opuim poppy fields in Afghanistan

    In our August 3 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke with Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown about the lessons Latin America has learned in its decades-long fight against drug-related violence, and how those lessons fit into the global context.

  • Latin America Again Ranks as World's Least Secure Region: Report

    A demonstrator in Venezuela, the country's with the world's worst "law and order" score

    For the eighth year in a row, an annual report from the Gallup polling organization has ranked Latin America as the least secure region in the world, underscoring the persistence of regional security challenges and the ways in which crime and insecurity impact citizens' daily lives.

  • Brazil Military Deployment in Rio Shows Past Failures of Militarization

    Brazilian troops on patrol in Rio de Janeiro

    Brazil's defense minister has announced a new phase of security operations in Rio de Janeiro that will involve a massive military deployment, a strategy often used throughout Latin America that has repeatedly failed to produce long-term improvements.

  • How Odebrecht Profited From Corrupting LatAm Political Elites

    The logo of Brazil's once-mighty construction giant, Odebrecht

    On December 21, 2016, the US Department of Justice and Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht reached a record-setting anti-corruption settlement that revealed Odebrecht spent hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to secure public works contracts in twelve different countries across three continents. Half a year later, InSight Crime takes a deep dive into the nature of Odebrecht's corrupt activities in Latin America, the extent of its illicit practices, the state of the various ongoing investigations into the company and its projects, and the web of corruption that continues to engulf some of the region's most powerful political elites. 

  • What LatAm Cities Can Learn From the Failures of Brazil's UPP Policing Model

    Elements of Rio de Janeiro's UPP

    Community policing has become the go-to security strategy in the Americas. But as the case of the Rio de Janeiro's "pacification" policing experiment shows, its impact has been limited and short-lived.

  • Why Police Reforms Rarely Succeed: Lessons From Latin America

    Riot police in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    As discussions about police reform abound throughout the Americas, Yanilda González, an assistant professor at theUniversity of Chicago, examines the implications of Latin America's experience with police reform efforts for future such initiatives.

  • Too Little Too Late? Bolivia, Brazil to Boost Efforts Against Criminal Migration

    Brazil's PCC may have up to 1,500 members in Bolivia

    Authorities in Bolivia and Brazil will enter into a bilateral agreement later this month aimed at combating the expansion of Brazilian criminal groups into Bolivia, but the move might prove to be a tardy and ultimately insufficient response to this phenomenon.

  • Brazil Chief Prosecutor Applauds Multilateral Anti-Corruption Cooperation

    Brazil's prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot at the Atlantic Council on July 19, 2017.

    Brazil's chief prosecutor highlighted the importance of international cooperation in ongoing probes of the biggest corruption cases in the country's history. But while multilateral exchanges of information and best practices have helped advance these investigations, they also may have some potential drawbacks.