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Police Along Venezuela Border Consolidate as Criminal Structures

Two sweeping investigations into police units serving along Venezuela’s border were ordered after the arrest of 15 officers, several of whom are accused of...
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Colombia Government Rejection May Cement End of ELN Peace Talks

The government of Colombia has rejected the appointment of a top ELN commander as a delegate in peace talks and has ordered his capture — a move that likely...
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Is Anti-Graft Body CICIG Behind Guatemala Homicides Drop?

A recent report argues that the anti-graft body CICIG directly contributed to a drop in killings in Guatemala. But this analysis might be overly simplistic and...
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Netflix’s Cocaine Coast: Drugs, Spain and Central America

Relying on a formula that has become an entertainment industry darling, Netflix has once again produced a series featuring a group of men who strike it rich by...
Criminal groups called colectivos are operating in Venezuela’s main mining state
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Armed Groups Spread Crime and Chaos in Venezuela Mining Region

Three violent events in less than two weeks attributed to pro-government criminal groups in Venezuela’s Bolívar state show how far they have expanded and...
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Arming Mexico Oil Company Staff is Risky Business

Mexico’s state-owned oil company has begun training and arming its security staff, a risky decision that could...
El Salvador is going to select a new Attorney General
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Alleged Corruption Plagues Selection of El Salvador‘s Top Prosecutor

Several candidates for Attorney General in El Salvador, as well as some of the deputies responsible for selecting the position, have open cases pending, putting the...
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For Informant, a Treacherous Road to Justice in El Salvador

Even under the best of circumstances, there are few incentives to become a cooperating witness in an extortion case in El Salvador. And, as one witness has found...
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‘El Chapo’ Defense Puts Spotlight on Alleged Mexico Corruption

Defense lawyers for former Sinaloa Cartel kingpin “El Chapo” have alleged that two of Mexico’s presidents accepted millions of dollars in bribes —...
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Defining Organized Crime: A Primer (and a Friendly Kerfuffle)

Leading academics, researchers, and journalists dedicated to the study of organized crime around the world convened November 15 in Bogotá, Colombia, to share the...
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Can a New Database Help Tackle Argentina Police Corruption?

The launch of a new registry detailing thousands of corrupt officers removed from Argentina’s largest police force could signal a fresh effort to clean up the...
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ELN Now Present in Half of Venezuela

Recent ELN attacks against the Venezuela military in the state of Amazonas and civilian miners in the state of Bolívar reflect the Colombian guerrilla group’s...