InSight Crime's 2018 Criminal GameChangers
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GameChangers 2018: The Year Crime Became an Ideology

Welcome to InSight Crime’s Criminal GameChangers 2018, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of the...
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Women, Youth Primed for Gang Recruitment in Venezuela

A new report from a Venezuela non-governmental organization working on migration issues shows that Colombia's criminal groups have been recruiting Venezuelans into...
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Colombia Legal Changes Jeopardize Future of FARC Agreement

Controversy surrounding the extension and modifications of a crucial law in Colombia shows the continued risks facing the successful implementation of the...
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FARC Dissidents and the ELN Turn Venezuela Into Criminal Enclave

A recent meeting in Venezuela between the leaders of two Colombian guerrilla groups may signal consolidated organized crime activities in the neighboring country...
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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...
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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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...
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Mining Massacre Signals ELN Expansion Into Venezuela

The recent massacre of seven people in one of Venezuela’s mining regions may confirm that the Colombia guerrilla group ELN is expanding its criminal activities...
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Colombia’s ELN, Ex-FARC Mafia Recruiting Hungry Venezuela Migrants

Reports that criminal groups in Colombia are increasingly recruiting migrants from Venezuela shows how these armed actors are taking advantage of those fleeing...