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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...
Florence Cassez, freed after seven years in Mexican prison

How to Protect Mexico’s Justice Reforms

...entity (the national statistics insitute INEGI? The Federal Judicial Council? The Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System? The Superior Audit Office?) could construct a series of performance...
The Supreme Court in Honduras

Honduras Extraditions Hint at Ongoing Weakness in Judicial System

...the United States, reported El Heraldo. Sources close the Security Ministry say the group was in charge of many of the Valle organization’s drug trafficking operations. A police source...

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...
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...
A "muertero" in El Salvador

For El Salvador Funeral Homes, Business is Booming

...permitted him to think about his future, about his old age. He has started putting money into a social security and a pension fund. He wants to take advantage...
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...
US financial institutions are helping fight human trafficking

How Financial Institutions Lead Way in Battle Against Human Trafficking

...enforcement,” said Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance at the group’s first meeting. In the US, the Department of Homeland Security and its Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arm have been...
An Israeli "Hermes" drone in Brazil

Drone Use in Latin America: Dangers and Opportunities

...to Venezuela in developing its first domestic drone. The United States, despite being a principal supplier of security aid to the region, has largely stayed out of the drone...

Even Court-Approved Extraditions Have a Troubled, Bloody History in Guatemala

...by the George Washington University-based National Security Archive, added: “It is important to get Vargas, who is apparently both wealthy and inclined to violence, out of Guatemala quickly.” But...

US Corruption List Highlights Northern Triangle Presidents’ Criminal Ties

...arrest, Guatemala President Jimmy Morales has found himself in hot water for his links to the former candidate. Morales previously met with Estrada at a private finca and also...
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...