Investigation and Analysis of Organized Crime

Investigations

Investigations

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?

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

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

Through the use of violence, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and 18th Street Gang (Barrio 18)  have... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

Copycats

In parts of Guatemala City, opening a small business or setting up an informal stall can carry a... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

Guatemala’s Small Businesses: A Pot of Gold

The gangs’ bloody business of extorting transport in Guatemala has provided a pernicious... ReadLeer
/ Extortion

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

Elias Akl Extortionist
Costa Rica’s economic crisis and its strategic position along drug trafficking routes have... ReadLeer
/ Costa Rica

Loan Sharking Grows in Costa Rica by Piggybacking on Drug Trafficking