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Former Argentina Spy and Major Sex Trafficker Arrested in Mexico

...the organizations, the links with the security forces, the doctors who treated the women. We have a clearer picture of how the system works,” Alejandra Mangano explained. But as...

Guatemala’s Big Corruption Scandal, Explained

...64 members, and was headed by Vice President Baldetti’s former private secretary Juan Carlos Monzon Rojas, according to the CICIG.  The Scam La Linea charged importers fees in exchange...

At Summit, Americas Unanimously Back New Regional Crime Body

...up before the end of the year. Mexico President Felipe Calderon said Sunday that the system would involve a working group made up of security and law enforcement officials...

The Sicilianization of Mexican Drug Cartels

...analyze derecho/cobro de piso and its effect on Mexico’s private sector, ranging from the humble street vendor in Mexico City to the transnational avocado industry in Michoacán. This is...

Corruption Index Shows Mixed Picture in Latin America

...private sectors. The data used to generate scores for this most recent index was collected between 2014 and 2015.  InSight Crime Analysis  Haiti and Venezuela’s continued poor performances on...

In Caracas, 4 Children Orphaned Every Day by Violence

...of a family even more. This was the case of Darwin José Valera, who was murdered early on September 1, 2017, when he was serving as a security guard...
Migrants face a tough road north - Photo: Majo Siscar

The Buses (and Bribes) of a Migrant’s Journey Through Mexico

...was being held in and deported him. Photo by Majo Siscar.  After arriving in Tapachula, Pedro decided to pay for private transport to Arriaga in order to avoid the...
Camilo Torres Martinez, alias 'Fritanga'

Saga of Narco-Playboy Shows Weakness of Colombia’s Prison System

...in Bogota, one of Colombia’s most high-security institutions. However, his stay was short. Within a month of his arrival, Fritanga, along with another alleged drug trafficker, Andres Arroyave, alias...
13 women were murdered in Buenaventura in 2013

Sadism, Death and Abuse: Women and War in Buenaventura

...the area,” said “Luz,” who works with several women’s rights organizations in the region and who did not want her real name published for security reasons. Sometimes women become...
Lieutenant Colonel Robinson Gonzalez del Rio

Investigation Shows Colombia Military-Criminal Arms Trafficking Ties

...police and several private citizens that acquired guns, munitions and explosives for Colombia’s leading criminal organization, according to the Attorney General’s office. The ring would source arms parts from military...
Former Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte

Cronies of Disgraced Veracruz Ex-Governor Walk Free in Mexico

...security, Mauricio Audirac Murrillo, Duarte’s former treasurer, and Francisco Valencia García, the former secretary of public works, were all released under cautionary measures within days of the new governor’s...

How His Own Extradition Policy Exposed the Honduras President

...flew to Florida on a private plane to turn himself in after being accused of bribery in a massive international soccer scandal. An embassy official, who spoke on the...