The warehouse in Tlatlaya where the massacre took place

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has determined that the army summarily executed 15 of the 22 suspects killed in a warehouse in June this year, confirming another case of grave human rights abuse by the security forces, a month after the disappearance of 43 students.

Informal mining leader Victor Chanduvi

A leader of Peru's informal mining sector has claimed that President Ollanta Humala accepted campaign funding in the run-up to the 2011 elections, raising questions over the head of state's ties to the illicit mining industry.

The alleged Amigos dos Amigos members in the pool

A photo has emerged of suspected members of Rio's Amigos dos Amigos gang sporting weapons in a swimming pool set to be used in the 2016 Olympic Games, providing an indication of the security challenge criminal groups pose to major public events in Brazil.

Suspected El Salvador gang member arrested

Since the dissolution of the gang truce, assassinations of police and military personnel and clashes between gangs and security forces have changed the security equation in El Salvador, closing any small window left to revive the short-lived and highly criticized ceasefire.

Venezuelan Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez

In an effort to improve citizen security, Venezuela plans to install radars that detect gunshots and drones equipped with video cameras, but the use of surveillance technology offers the potential for abuse. 

Would you want this man as sheriff?

The corrupting power of Mexican drug traffickers is finding its way into the police forces of the southern United States. An investigation by the Dromomanos collective, winner of the Ortega y Gasset Journalism Awards, published in El Universal, reveals drug traffickers have bribed a large number of sheriffs, border patrol officers, and customs officials in Texas.

Mayor Juan Antonio Vanegas (middle)

A mayor from a Guatemala town located along a major drug route was attacked while visiting a border town in El Salvador, raising questions about who was behind the incident and why.

Rural Defense Force leader Felipe Diaz Avila

The murder of a Rural Defense Force commander in Mexico has reignited the debate over the legalization of vigilante forces, highlighting the lack of resources and protection afforded to those who have laid down their weapons to join official units.

Some of the planes to be at the command's disposal

As it moves to implement drug plane shoot-down legislation, Bolivia has created a new body focused on defending its airspace from drug traffickers -- a step that carries with it tremendous technical as well as potential legal challenges.

Criminal groups in Mexico target electrical towers

Criminal groups are reportedly stealing and selling parts of electrical towers in northern Mexico, in yet another example of these organizations looking for new revenue streams as the country's underworld fragments.