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...
Trump and Varela meeting on Monday, June 19th, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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...
The State Department and USAID manage most of CARSI's funding
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Are US Anti-Crime Programs in Central America Working?

Over the past several years, the United States has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on crime and violence prevention programs in Central America, with few...