LatAm Presidents and the Law: Is Era of Impunity Nearing Its End?

From kidnapping and mass murder to money laundering and misuse of public funds, contemporary Latin American leaders have been investigated for a broad range of...
Graffiti that reads "Against Corruption"

After Lula’s Conviction, A Typology of Presidential Corruption

On the surface, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's 9-year sentence for corruption seems reminiscent of numerous corruption cases targeting...
Latin America struggles to prevent human trafficking

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...
Trump and Varela meeting on Monday, June 19th, 2017

Panama President Presents Alternative to Trump’s CentAm Security Approach

President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama visited Washington, DC this week, where he presented development-focused proposals for dealing with security challenges in...
Former Panama President Ricardo Martinelli

Panama Ex-President Arrested in US, Could Be Extradited on Graft Charges

Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli has been arrested in Miami and may now be extradited to face multiple criminal charges in his home country, at time...
Panama's Manuel Noriega jailed in the United States

How Panama’s Criminal Landscape Has Changed Since the Days of Narco-Dictator Noriega

Deceased Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was said to have turned his country into one of the most emblematic examples of a "narco-state" in Latin American...
Panama's president inaugurates the new task force

Panama Sliding Toward More Hardline Anti-Gang Policy?

Panama may be moving away from a softer approach to its gang problem toward a more firm-handed and potentially violent strategy resembling those of its Northern...
A police officer inspecting a cell in La Joyita, Panama

Video of Armed Inmates Shows Conditions in Panama Prisons

A video recorded in a Panama prison showing inmates holding weapons casts new doubts on the state of the country's prison...
Panama hunts down helicopter owned by former president’s son

Panama Says Region-wide Hunt for Martinelli Helicopter is Over

After a multi-country hunt across Central America, authorities grounded a helicopter owned by former President Ricardo Martinelli's son and linked to a money...