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How Would El Salvador’s Presidential Candidates Tackle Organized Crime?

The citizens of El Salvador are set to elect a new president on February 3 amid an uptick in deadly violence in January, which has thrust the country’s security...

Iranian Gold, Platinum Smugglers Arrested in Colombia’s Chocó

Colombian authorities have arrested two Iranian citizens on charges of overseeing illegal mining in the department of Chocó and of having illicitly exported over...

Caparrapos Thriving in Colombia Due to Alliances With ELN, Ex-FARC Mafia

Having become one of the more visible criminal actors in Colombia due to their war with the Urabeños, the Caparrapos have been heavily targeted by authorities in...

Argentina’s Castedo Clan Continues to Survive Despite Top Arrests

Authorities in Bolivia have arrested a major player in the Castedo Clan, one of the most powerful drug trafficking clans in northern Argentina, but it is unlikely...

Hezbollah’s Backing of Maduro May Shine Light on Links With Venezuela

Hezbollah's explicit support for Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro could be the first step in confirming links between the South American nation’s...

Growing Extortion Spurs Wave of Deadly Bus Attacks in Guatemala

Though violence has decreased in Guatemala, recent deadly attacks against buses show that public transport remains under siege by gangs, which have increased...

Human Trafficking Conviction Rates on the Rise in Latin America

Although human trafficking continues to surge on the continent, improved legislation and the investment in social platforms are leading to higher human trafficking...

Ecuador Warned of Potential Cross-Border Attack by ELN

Ecuadorean security forces are on high alert after receiving reports Colombia’s ELN guerrillas are planning a cross-border attack, highlighting what has until now...

Colombia Cocaine Boom Likely Behind Rising European Port Seizures

Cocaine seizures at two of Europe’s biggest and busiest ports jumped by more than a quarter over the last year, underscoring the impact that the increase in...

ELN Car Bomb in Bogotá Takes Fight to Colombia’s Cities

By claiming responsibility for the car bomb attack that took place on January 17 in Bogotá, the ELN guerrilla group not only ensured...
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Criminal GameChangers 2018: The Full Report

With InSight Crime’s Criminal GameChangers 2018, we highlighted the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of last...

Political Mafias Helped Empower Gangs, says El Salvador Security Expert

The homicide rate in El Salvador has spiked after authorities in the Central American nation saw a substantial reduction in homicides in 2018, raising important...