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The Honduran military

Are Northern Triangle Countries ‘Narco-States’?

...private security firms, is an indicator of the lack of state control in all of these countries. Up to 200,000 private security personnel are believed to be present in the Northern...
Venezuelan security forces

Why are Killings of Security Forces in Venezuela on the Rise?

...within the security forces.  The Venezuelan non-governmental organization Fundepro registered 338 killings of police, military, and private security officials in the country last year, reported El Universal. This represents an...
Private security is taking root in Caracas

Amid Crisis, Venezuela Citizens Take Security Into Own Hands

...Communities in Caracas are turning to private security and vigilante groups in response to the state failures behind Venezuela’s security crisis, but examples from around the region show this...

Honduras Elites and Organized Crime: Juan Ramón Matta Ballesteros

...homes, cemeteries, car dealerships, gas stations, sawmills, bus services, and private security companies. Some became partners in major financial institutions. In 1974, for example, López Arellano founded the bank...
Vigilantes in Guatemala have been linked to extrajudicial killings

Extrajudicial Killings on the Rise in Guatemala

...that private security and citizen security boards are now also being connected with extrajudicial killings is not surprising. Private security firms have been accused of collaborating with CIACS, often...

Guatemala Elites and Organized Crime: The ‘Huistas’

...or drug theft, security is fundamental to the survival of these criminal groups. The Huistas, for example, have created a sophisticated security apparatus that is designed to protect Samayoa...

Guatemala Politics and the Patriotic Party’s Theory of ‘Eternal Return’

...partner in this deal was Miguel Ángel Martínez, the head of the private security company Grupo Escorpión, which the party hired for the campaign. The vice president promised more...

How the Private Sector Helped Counter Rural Extortion in El Salvador

...extortion and private security’s high cost, some such as Jorge Daboub, the former president of the National Association of Private Companies (Asociación Nacional de Empresas Privadas), argue that financially...
El Salvador gang members work as security guards

‘El Salvador Gang Members Use Security Guard Posts for Extortion’

...Gang members have been sent to work as security guards in El Salvador in order to extort vehicle owners, highlighting the risks inherent in relying on private, ill-regulated companies...

Closing the Gaps on Firearms Trafficking in Honduras

...of the gun registration system in Honduras, as well the poor control it administers over the private security firms. The Attorney General’s Office has yet to use the tools...

Crime Costs Brazil Tens of Billions Yearly: Study

...measured both the direct and indirect impacts of crime, such as spending on public and private security, costs associated with the judiciary and prison systems, property damage, lost productivity...
A civilian self-defense force in the VRAEM

Drug Trafficking, Terrorism, and Civilian Self-Defense in Peru

...security forces, and political actors alike. After Guzman’s arrest in 1992, state security forces halted the revolutionary group’s momentum and eventually defeated the armed insurgency. This article originally appeared...