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Target: Migrants

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers. Migrants crossing the region are especially vulnerable as they move north through what is a veritable gauntlet of gangs, large criminal groups and corrupt officials.

Part I: The Emergence of Mexico's Small Armies*

Part I: The Emergence of Mexico's Small Armies*

Mexico and Central America have emerged as one of the most dangerous areas on the planet outside of active war zones. The region is currently confronting unprecedented security challenges from... Read more

Part II: Gangs, Deportation and Violence in Central America*

Part II: Gangs, Deportation and Violence in Central America*

The development of criminal organizations in Central America has been different than in Mexico. The largest organizations trace their roots to the 1980s, when much of the region was engulfed... Read more

Part III: The Gauntlet*

Part III: The Gauntlet*

According to Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) — the only Mexican government entity that has released data on kidnappings of migrants — 9,758 migrants were kidnapped in 33... Read more

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