Investigation and Analysis of Organized Crime

Investigations

Electing Criminals: Municipal Power and Organized Crime in the Northern Triangle

In Central America’s Northern Triangle, organized crime has permeated national politics by corrupting local...

Firearms Trafficking in Honduras

In Honduras, most homicides are committed using a firearm. This special investigation tracks how those weapons get into the hands of the killers that...

InSide Colombia’s BACRIM

InSight Crime reveals the inner workings of the BACRIM -- the paramilitary-mafia networks that are the latest evolution in Colombian organized...

Homicides in Guatemala

This project explores the challenges and lessons of disaggregating gang-related and drug trafficking-related...

The Prison Dilemma in the Americas

This series of five case studies and one policy report explores how government mismanagement, neglect and corruption have made the jails in the...

Impunity in the Northern Triangle

Special interest groups have co-opted Guatemala's justice system and blocked the efforts of those trying to clean things up. InSight Crime...

The MS13

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) is the hemisphere's largest, most formidable and increasingly its most sophisticated street gang. This ongoing...

Guatemala Elites and Organized Crime

Guatemala's elites are a mix of businessmen, politicians and security forces who, as these case studies show, regularly interact with organized crime...

Colombia Elites and Organized Crime

Colombia's civil war has raged for generations and, as this series shows, has helped forge deep and lasting bonds between the country's elites and...

Honduras Elites and Organized Crime

Honduras elites have worked with organized crime for decades. These case studies illustrate the deep connections they share in business, politics and...

Elites and Organized Crime: Introduction

Elites and organized crime cross paths in more than one way. This introductory section explains how and why we decided to spend three years...

Gangs in Honduras

Special interest groups have co-opted Guatemala's justice system and blocked the efforts of those trying to clean things up. InSight Crime...

Evo’s Challenge: Bolivia the Drug Hub

As Evo wins another five years in power, he faces the reality that his country is turning into a center for drug trafficking in South America. Can he...

50 years of the FARC: War, Drugs and Revolution

The FARC is the hemisphere's oldest and largest insurgency. InSight Crime explores the group's roots, its growth and its efforts to strike a peace...

The Victory of the Urabeños – The New Face of Colombian Organized Crime

The mad scramble for criminal power in the aftermath of the demobilization of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) is over. The...

Mexico’s Security Dilemma: Michoacan’s Militias

Well-armed vigilantes in Mexico's Michoacan state have helped authorities dismantle a powerful criminal organization, but now the government may have...

Backroom Justice – The War for Guatemala’s Courts

Special interest groups have co-opted Guatemala's justice system and blocked the efforts of those trying to clean things up. InSight Crime...

Uruguay, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the...

The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

After the capture of Zetas boss "Z40," Nuevo Laredo is bracing itself for the worst. This investigation breaks down what makes the city such an...

El Salvador’s Gang Truce: Positives And Negatives

Whether it is sustainable or not, the truce -- which the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and the Barrio 18 put into place March 2012 -- has changed the...

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

The possibility of ending 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. While the majority of Colombians want to see peace, for themselves and their...

Corruption in El Salvador: Politicians, Police and Transportistas

Since the end of El Salvador's civil war, the country's police has become a key player in the underworld. This series of five articles explore the...

Juarez after the War

As a bitter war between rival cartels grinds to an end, Ciudad Juarez has lost the title of world murder capital, and is moving towards something...

Zetas' leader Balazar Saucedo Estrada after being captured

The Zetas and the Battle for Monterrey

The Zetas’ top leader is dead and the group is seemingly splitting into pieces, but they remain Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s biggest...

Violence against Migrants

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to...

Displacement in Latin America

In a collaboration with four media organizations in Latin America, InSight Crime looks at the role of organized crime in driving displacement and...

Criminal Slavery in Latin America

In a collaboration with four media organizations in Latin America, InSight Crime looks at the role of organized crime in driving displacement and...

Nicaragua Paradise Lost

InSight Crime investigates how the death of a popular singer has highlighted the links of Nicaragua's acclaimed police with organized crime in the...

Legalization – The Gorilla In The Room

Though it is not on the agenda of the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held April 14-15 in Colombia, the question of drug legalization will be on...

The Zetas in Guatemala

The Zetas, Mexico’s most feared and violent criminal organization, have moved operations to Guatemala, penetrating local police forces and the...

Gun Runners: Arms Trafficking to Mexico

The GunRunners joint investigative project tracks the entire distribution chain of illegal arms trafficking from Europe to Mexico through the United...

Costa Rica in the Crosshairs

In this three-part series, investigator Michael Porth examines the steps that Costa Rica, long one of the most peaceful countries in the region, is...