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Honduras Drop in Homicides One Part of Complex Security Situation

...2018 poll on citizen perceptions of insecurity and victimization from the Institute of Democracy, Peace and Security at Honduras’ National Autonomous University. In addition, there has been a shocking...

Cartel Takedown Won’t Solve Mexico’s Oil Theft Problem

...made his top national security priority since taking office in December 2018. Oil theft has cost the Mexican economy billions of dollars, according to Reuters. Guanajuato is a hotspot...

Guatemala Elites Exploited Health Sector to Pocket Millions: Prosecutors

...corruption scandal of their own within the country’s Social Security Institute (Instituto Hondureño de Seguridad Social – IHSS) that saw citizens receive tainted medicine and improper treatment. Authorities began...

El Salvador to Omit Key Data From Official Homicide Tally

...or to hide potential abuses carried out by the country’s security forces. El Salvador’s security forces have a proven track record of using excessive and often lethal force. In...

The Flight and Capture of a Cartel Man

...magazine. José González Valencia took over cartel finances after his brother Abigael was arrested in February 2015, according to the Center for Investigation and National Security, a Mexican intelligence...

Hundreds In, Hundreds Out: Jamaica’s Inefficient Response to Violent Crime

...were prosecuted. Effective since April 30 in the three Jamaican parishes, the states of emergency grant temporary additional powers to security forces by notably allowing the government to deploy...

Massacre on Colombia-Venezuela Border Reveals Rastrojos Civil War

...between rival factions of the Rastrojos: one loyal to Wilfredo de Jesús Torres Gómez, alias “Neco,” a former Rastrojos leader who was captured in March by Venezuelan security forces;...

Migrants Easy Prey Under US ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program

...Amnesty International, told InSight Crime. “For more than a decade, many observers have characterized this region by its precarious security situation and consistent lack of rule of law.” Below,...

Samark López Bello

...Bank of Venezuela in 2007 for owing the bank an important debt, López Bello entered the private sector. He would go on to own five companies in Venezuela: Profit...

Crackdown on Illegal Mining Won’t End Ecuador’s Gold Rush

...illegal gold miners, who by some estimates numbered as many as 10,000. Over 2,700 miners voluntarily left the site, while a further 2,500 were driven away by security forces,...

Report Finds Peru Timber Trade Taken Over by Criminal Networks

...illegality. OSINFOR inspects logging operations in timber concessions, indigenous communities, private lands, and “local forests” – a framework that grants limited logging permissions to local communities in jungle areas....

Prison Break of Italian Mafia Boss Threatens Uruguay’s Reputation

...of the former Central Prison, also failed to warn of the need to transfer Morabito despite being told of the absence of adequate security conditions. The Italian government did...