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Carlos Nieto Palma has witnessed the worst of Venezuela's prison system during the past two decades... ReadLeer
/ Prisons

Prison Mafia in Venezuela is Not Just the ‘Pranes’: Carlos Nieto

The Colombian government has issued an arrest warrant for one of the FARC’s most militant... ReadLeer
/ Colombia

Will New Arrest Warrant Hamstring Colombia Peace Process?

Authorities in El Salvador are keen to expand a much-praised local policing model believed to... ReadLeer
/ El Salvador

In El Salvador, a Thin Line Between Community Policing and Vigilantism

Widespread fear of street gangs in the Northern Triangle countries is being exploited by copycat... ReadLeer
/ El Salvador

Copycat Extortionists: Guatemala’s Criminal Chancers

Honduras’ private sector, under the banner of regional chambers of commerce, joined forces with... ReadLeer
/ Extortion

Honduras Private Sector and Anti-Extortion Police: An Unholy Alliance?

A series of arrests of alleged Mexican drug traffickers in Colombia has revived controversy over... ReadLeer
/ Colombia

Mexico Cartel Presence in Colombia May Have Been Exaggerated

In Panama, women in the sex trade are exposed to monetary and sexual extortion by corrupt police... ReadLeer
/ Extortion

Panama’s Sex Workers Easy Prey for Extortionist Cops

Former Atlantic Cartel leader Wilter Neptalí Blanco Ruíz
The discovery that two cocaine-laden ships were bound for South Korea from Honduras in 2016... ReadLeer
/ Cocaine

Atlantic Cartel in Honduras Shipped Cocaine to South Korea

El Salvador’s groundbreaking "Operación Jaque" (Operation Check) has provided a wealth of... ReadLeer
/ El Salvador

The MS13’s Vital Fuel: Extortion

The notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and 18th Street Gang (Barrio 18) are behind the majority of... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

Street Gangs

Although gangs dominate the extortion markets in Central America, corrupt state agents will... ReadLeer
/ El Salvador

Corrupt State Actors

The variety of extortionists in Central America speaks to the ease with which opportunists can set... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

Independent Criminal Groups