UPP officers in a Rio favela

Citizens Lack Trust in Rio Military Police but See Few Alternatives

Brazil's justice minister caused a stir this week when he accused Rio de Janeiro's military police of maintaining ties to organized crime, and recent polls show...
Brazil is in a state of "national emergency" due to rising insecurity

Brazil Lacks Coherent Plan to Deal With ‘National Emergency’ of Insecurity

Brazil's president has described a deepening, nationwide crisis of insecurity as a "national emergency." But contrary to official rhetoric, the government does not...
Violence against Brazilian adolescents is worsening

Brazil’s Youth Violence Crisis Deepening: Report

Nearly four in every 1,000 Brazilian adolescents living in the country's biggest cities are murdered before the age of 19, according to a new UN report that...
Brazil soldier on patrol wearing a skull mask

Brazil Senate Vote Could Shield Soldiers Charged With Abuses

Brazil's Senate approved a controversial measure that would transfer jurisdiction for alleged crimes committed by members of the armed forces to the military...
Brazil Olympics Head Carlos Arthur Nuzman

Brazil Corruption Probe Ensnares Rio Olympics Chief

The head of Brazil's Olympics committee has been detained for his alleged role in a bribery scheme to win the bid for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, a scandal that...
The Specialized Police Unit facility where Jarvis Chimenes Pavão is detained

Brazil’s Biggest Gang Planning Kingpin’s Paraguay Prison Break: Police

Brazil's largest and most powerful criminal organization is allegedly plotting to free a prominent drug trafficker currently jailed in Paraguay, raising questions...
Luiz Carlos da Rocha, better known as "Cabeça Branca," or "White Head"

Inside the Capture of ‘Cabeça Branca,’ the ‘Baron’ of Brazil’s Drug Trade

In early July, authorities in Brazil captured one of the world's most wanted drug trafficking suspects: Luiz Carlos da Rocha, alias "Cabeça Branca." With the...
Adrián Velarde Huamaní, alias "Chato Adrián"

‘Most Wanted’ Peru Drug Trafficker Captured in Brazil

The arrest in Brazil of a wanted drug trafficker from Peru who was on the run for more than a decade illustrates how trafficking dynamics have evolved in Peru's...
The military in Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha favela

‘Classic Rio Gangster Battle’ Leaves Brazil Favela in State of Siege

One of Brazil's largest favelas has been under siege for more than a week as two rival crime groups battle for territorial control, illustrating shifting criminal...