News Analysis

Guatemala Drug Thief Holds on to His (Stolen) Assets

Guatemala Drug Thief Holds on to His (Stolen) Assets

More than four months after capturing top drug trafficker Jairo Orellana Morales, Guatemala still hasn't been able to seize his property, an indication of the challenges that the authorities face when attempting to confiscate criminals' assets. Read More

News Briefs

Jamaica Moves Closer to Marijuana Decriminalization

Jamaica Moves Closer to Marijuana Decriminalization

Jamaica has taken further steps toward legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing possession of the drug for all users on the island nation, as debate continues throughout the region on drug policy reform.  Read More

Paraguay Guerrillas 'Demand Prisoner Swap, Threaten to Kill Hostage'

Paraguay Guerrillas 'Demand Prisoner Swap, Threaten to Kill Hostage'

Paraguay's EPP guerrillas have threatened to kill a kidnapped police officer if the government refuses to carry out a prisoner exchange, according to reports. If accurate, this would confirm suspicions that EPP are using similar tactics to Colombia's FARC rebels, kidnapping to force the release of imprisoned guerrillas. Read More

Mexico Victims' Survey Highlights Under-reporting of Crime

Mexico Victims' Survey Highlights Under-reporting of Crime

A self-reported survey of crime victims in Mexico in 2013 shows a similar upward trend to government statistics, but on a much larger scale, pointing to the huge number of crimes that go unreported. Read More

El Salvador Announces Inclusive Security Initiative

El Salvador Announces Inclusive Security Initiative

El Salvador has announced a new initiative meant to combat rising crime and violence, with a more open, inclusive approach that contrasts with the secret gang negotiations that were central to the previous government's security policy.  Read More