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Could an Amnesty in Mexico Reduce Violence?

An improvised response from Mexico’s leading presidential candidate has renewed a complex debate about the need for effective strategies to reduce violence...
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Mexico Inches Closer to Solidifying Military’s Crime-Fighting Role

Lawmakers in Mexico moved one step closer to cementing the military’s role in the fight against organized crime, despite criticisms about whether oversight...
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Mexico’s Record High Kidnappings Fueled by Fractured Cartels

Official statistics in Mexico suggest that kidnapping cases will reach a record high this year, a consequence of the atomization of the country’s...
Migrantes indocumentados son desalojados de camión en México
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Enforcement Shifting Human Smuggling Routes, Dangers in Mexico: Report

A new report says that human smugglers in Mexico are turning to cargo trucks and less traveled routes to reach the United States,...
Los grupos de autodefensa contribuyen a la inseguridad en Michoacán, México
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Mexico’s Michoacán a Tangle of Rivals

The decline of the Caballeros Templarios has left Michoacán at the mercy of a tangle of rivals, none of whom appear able to reassert the supremacy that previously...
Are Mexican cartels present in Ecuador?
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Ecuador Officials Reject Report Saying Mexico Cartels Operate There

Law enforcement officials in Ecuador rejected a recent report indicating that Mexican cartels have a presence there, in what is likely an attempt to preserve the...
Criminal violence continues to rock Mexico's northeast
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Zetas-Gulf Cartel Conflict Continues to Rock Mexico’s Northeast

The ongoing decline of the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas has left northeastern Mexico without a single dominant criminal force. But the crime groups' longstanding...
Sean Penn and El Chapo
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Weekly InSight: Sean Penn, Kate del Castillo and the Hunt for El Chapo

In our November 9 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime co-director Steven Dudley spoke with senior editor Mike LaSusa about our recent article examining questions...
Sean Penn, El Chapo and Kate del Castillo
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Did Sean Penn’s Meeting With El Chapo Help Authorities Track Down the Kingpin?

When Mexican authorities captured Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in January 2016, they suggested that their success stemmed in part from an...