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A poppy plantation in Mexico

In testimony before Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere subcommittee, InSight Crime Co-Director Steven Dudley discussed some common myths and the decidedly more complex reality of Mexico's drug trafficking groups and their role in fueling the US heroin epidemic.

Salud Hernández-Mora

The disappearance of several journalists in the troubled zone of Catatumbo -- home to an array of illicit armed groups and major coca cultivation -- has refocused attention on the ELN's practice of kidnapping and this region's central role in Colombia's internal armed conflict. 

Gang members in El Salvador

A judge in El Salvador has sentenced members of the MS13 street gang to 200.5 years in prison on extortion charges, another sign that the judicial system is moving in lockstep with the government's security apparatus to combat the gangs.

The FARC are set to release minors from their ranks

Following the announcement that Colombia's FARC guerrillas will release minors from its ranks as part of peace negotiations with the government, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs examines what will become of the child soldiers -- and the guerrillas that recruited them.

The Pacific state of Colima has seen a surge in violence in recent months

The small west Mexico state of Colima has seen homicides rise by more than 900 percent compared to last year in a surge of violence that likely is linked to organized crime and has the potential to spill over into neighboring states.