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Mexico’s Next President Will Face Rising Criminal Violence. Here’s How to Tackle It.

Mexico enters the 2018 presidential campaign on the heels of the most violent year in its recent history. But notwithstanding the urgency of...
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Weekly InSight: Preview of InSight Crime’s Investigation of MS13 in the Americas

In our February 8 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the release of a major,...
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Mexico’s CJNG: Local Consolidation, Military Expansion and Vigilante Rhetoric

The Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) is expanding its presence and influence throughout Mexico. In each of the states in...
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Huge UK Cocaine Seizure on Private Jet Signals Traffickers’ Growing Boldness

A foiled attempt to smuggle half a metric ton of cocaine in a private jet from Colombia’s main international airport to the United Kingdom suggests crime groups...
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Honduras Anti-Graft Body Closing In on Ex-President: Report

An internationally backed anti-corruption body in Honduras is reportedly assisting local authorities with gathering evidence in an investigation targeting a...
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Controversial Venezuela Official Named ‘Protector’ of Colombia Border State

The Venezuelan government has placed control of a volatile border state in the hands of a controversial figure known for his relations with armed groups, in a move...
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Honduras Attorney General, Civil Society Challenge ‘Impunity Pact’

The attorney general of Honduras and a prominent civil society group have launched legal challenges against a recent legislative reform denounced by critics as an...
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Accusations Land Honduras Police Reform Commission in Hot Water

A commission in charge of cleaning up Honduras’ police is fighting to clear its name after an explosive report by the AP revealed the alleged relationship between...
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Report Highlights How Venezuela Crisis Fuels Piracy, Contraband in the Caribbean

A small patch of water between Venezuela’s eastern coast and the shores of Trinidad and Tobago has become a dangerous haven for pirates and criminals smuggling...
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Officials in Brazil, Mexico Question Traditional Crime-Fighting Strategies

Top security officials in Brazil and Mexico are questioning traditional strategies towards combating organized crime, but it’s unlikely that these concerns will...
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Gangs as ‘Terrorists’ Proposal Is a Smoke Screen in Guatemala

This week, Guatemala’s new interior minister asked Congress to reform the penal code in order to designate the country’s gang members as terrorists, a...
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El Salvador Convicts First Mayor for Ties to Gangs

A former El Salvador mayor has become the country’s first mayor to be convicted of illicit association with gangs, a small step toward...