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Bolivian Police Blame Santa Cruz Crime on Drug Disputes

...Bolivia. Three armed robberies took place last weekend in the city, including the murder of a security guard and the theft of more than $15,000 from a private residence....
Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt during his trial

The War of Paz y Paz: The Victims

...became formidable in the northwest. Paz y Paz, who is intensely private, does not speak publicly about her family, and she has never been connected to the group in...
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...

The Colombian Mafia

...of Colombia’s past: commanders of armed groups and powerful drug traffickers whose violent histories are well-known to the security forces and the media. However, these figures are a dying...

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...
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...

How Organized Crime & Corruption Intersect in LatAm

...order to facilitate business, organized crime groups corrupt certain elements of the state — particularly the security forces and the judiciary. Organized crime has also shown an interest in...
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...

Mexico Zetas’ Comms Addendum: Uniformity, Protection Key

...Seizures of Zetas’ communications equipment have increased international attention on the group’s comms systems, which the Associated Press says has spread across the isthmus. Security analyst Gordon Housworth offers...

The Corrupt Alliance of Two Former Presidents in El Salvador

...large part thanks to corruption, shady dealings and the use of state institutions for private purposes. Funes used the OIE, according to his own words , to provide himself...

Mexico Media Coverage of Cartel Violence Leads to More Violence: Report

...work. And there is no way to ensure that every narco-focused blog — or private social media account — follows the strictures adopted by the media industry. But at...