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What are the Signs a Latin American Prison Is Working or Not?

As part of his work in human rights, transitional justice and prison reform, Michael Reed has been inside dozens of prisons across the Americas. Reed, a dual...
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Inside an MS13 Clique’s Campaign of Terror at the Honduras-El Salvador Border

The entrance to the Honduran border town of Camasca is well guarded. A column of the army’s special forces stops vehicles along the paved road that winds through...
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Coronavirus May Be Providing Cover for Police Abuses in El Salvador

Police in El Salvador have come under fire after the body of an alleged gang member was found beaten and handcuffed despite family being told he died of...
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US Indictments Highlight Venezuela-Central America Drug Connections

Recent US indictments have shown in detail how Venezuela was at one point a key stepping stone for cocaine heading to the United States via Central America and how...
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Eruption of Gang Violence Belies Bukele’s Security Wins in El Salvador

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele has lashed out after several days of bloodshed amid a coronavirus lockdown, blaming the spike in killings on gangs. But in...
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Coronavirus Affects Extortion Payments in Mexico and Central America

The measures in the fight against the coronavirus in Central America have caused two starkly different reactions from criminal groups, some are continuing to extort...
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Female Criminal Leadership and Differing Use of Violence

Women’s participation in organized crime groups is not uniform. The diverse roles that women play in criminal economies allow us to characterize different types...
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Introduction to Gender and Organized Crime

In Latin America, the participation of women in organized crime has been in the shadow of academic and public policy debate due to the male dominance in the...
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El Salvador’s Black Widows – Female Leadership in MS13

An MS13 linked gang in El Salvador known as the Black Widows has been convicted of forcing women to marry men and then killing their new husbands as part of a...