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Crime and insecurity affects Central Americans' daily behavior
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How Fear of Crime in Central America Impacts Daily Life, Contributes to Migration

A new report shows the extent to which insecurity negatively affects the daily lives of Central American citizens, and provides further evidence that crime and...
Is a Nicaraguan company laundering money for the FARC?
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Allegations of Venezuela, Nicaragua Complicity in FARC Money Laundering Resurface

Recent testimony before the US Senate revived allegations that a Venezuela-owned company in Nicaragua may have laundered money for Colombia's demobilizing FARC...
Nicaragua security forces guard a seized drug shipment
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Nicaragua Claims No ‘Cartel’ Presence, But Past Cases Tell a Different Story

Authorities in Nicaragua are trumpeting their counternarcotics efforts, which they say have kept "cartels" out of the country. But a series of prosecutions of...
A leaner Amauri Carmona Morelos under custody
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Nicaragua Discreetly Prosecutes Prominent Drug Trafficking Suspect

Authorities in Nicaragua are discreetly prosecuting a major underworld figure from the country's Caribbean coast, highlighting the area's important but often...
Latin America struggles to prevent human trafficking
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Human Trafficking Network Dismantled in Panama

A Panama court has convicted and sentenced three members of a Nicaraguan-led human trafficking network focused on exploiting people for manual labor, a promising...
Drug trafficking has been linked to deforestation in Central America
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Drug Traffickers Destroying Large Sections of CentAm Forests: Report

A new study estimates that up to 30 percent of all deforestation in three Central American countries is due to cocaine trafficking, providing some much-needed data...
Indigenous territory in Nicaragua
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Nicaragua Indigenous Leader Says Loggers Offering Weapons for Wood

An indigenous leader in Nicaragua says loggers are offering weapons to his community in exchange for illegally logging forests in their territory, providing yet...
Colombian cocaine seized in the Caribbean
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US Report Shows Revitalized Central America Cocaine Corridor

The US State Department named seven Central American countries as havens for laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking and organized crime, and described the...
Costa Rica and Nicaragua’s bilateral meeting against organized crime
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Costa Rica, Nicaragua Join Efforts to Combat Organized Crime

A high level meeting between officials in Costa Rica and Nicaragua is expected to lead to greater cooperation on tackling several facets of organized crime, an...