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How the Private Sector Helped Counter Rural Extortion in El Salvador

...extortion and private security’s high cost, some such as Jorge Daboub, the former president of the National Association of Private Companies (Asociación Nacional de Empresas Privadas), argue that financially...

Wave of Killings Showcase Puerto Rico’s Ongoing Weakened Security

...least two gangs. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) baggage screeners, private security personnel, airline staff, and even restaurant workers were implicated in helping to smuggle cocaine onto planes bound for...

What Are Guatemala Presidential Candidates Planning on Security?

...Guatemala will head to the polls on June 16 to elect a new president, a decision that is sure to have profound implications for the nation’s domestic security, as...

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

...be perverted. Direct and unregulated contact between powerful economic actors and security elements carries the risk of the privatization of state security services. This risk may be heightened in...

Airport Heist Shows Growing Audacity of Brazil’s Cargo Thieves

...trucks have made up the majority of cases, a small sector of highly organized thieves has launched increasingly audacious attacks in recent years, targeting private security companies specializing in...

The School of Terror: Inside a Jalisco Cartel Training Camp in Mexico

...him a job as a private security guard in Villahermosa, the capital of Tabasco state. It would pay 3,500 pesos per week (around $180), in addition to covering a...

The Funes and Saca Tapes in El Salvador: A Plot Revealed

...“absorb” the fiscal agent who had compromising information for Flores in the legal secretariat of the presidency, and offered to order then-Security Minister Ricardo Perdomo and then-Police Director Rigoberto...

Municipalities Fight Back in Guatemala’s Gang-Preyed Upon Neighborhoods

...Bogotá’s urban security success stories and launched a comprehensive strategy involving policing action and prevention work. In an attempt to weigh more on public security, the municipalities developed within...

PCC Death Squad Stalked Police Officers in Brazil

...million in cash from private security company Prosegur, in a commando style heist. In the Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este, the gang set cars ablaze, sprayed gunfire into...

Ecuador: A Cocaine Superhighway to the US and Europe

...Correa’s domestic policies also created space for drug trafficking to flourish. He politicized the judiciary, using it as a tool to take down opponents. He also directed the security...

Extortion of Guatemala’s Red Buses: Where Gang and Elite Criminal Interests Meet

...series here. But street gangs were not the only ones filling their pockets with millions of dollars. As insecurity on buses grew, the government increasingly subsidized the sector, pouring...

State and Community Responses to Extortion

...widespread extortion, the ex-FARC mafia has all the resources it needs to rebuild itself into a national... More than 500 Venezuela Security Officials Involved in Extortion, Kidnappings More than...