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As U.S.-Mexico Security Ties Deepen, Potential for Backlash Emerges

...that the U.S. is in the process of negotiating with the Mexican government to allow private security contractors to serve as advisors to a police task force. The moves...

Honduras Backs Down on Security Tax

...would help to create a more secure business environment, while reducing the need for companies to pay for private security. However, private sector leaders complained about the lack of...

Task Force Takes Over Security in Honduras’ Troubled Colon Province

...between small farmers and large land owners in the Bajo Aguan region. Human rights groups accuse private security guards and local police of waging a violent campaign against activists...

Crime Up, Security Firm Profits Way Up

...As violence and criminality rise in Mexico so do the fortunes of private security firms. According to declarations by the president of the National Federation for Private Security Businesses...

University Deans and Guatemala’s Convoluted Road to a New Attorney General

...political interest and organized crime groups. On the fourth floor of an office building in the financial district of Guatemala City, armed men from a private security company guard...

Guatemala’s Mafia State and the Case of Mauricio López Bonilla

...for this protection was never clear. Chacón would later say that no money was exchanged, but she claimed that she did invest in a private security company López Bonilla...
A solider stands guard at a school

In Acapulco Schools, Math is Hard; Gunfights are Harder

...later. That’s a security measure put in place for the teachers who come in from other neighborhoods and would otherwise be arriving when it’s still dark. Another security measure:...

Colombia’s Mirror: War and Drug Trafficking in the Prison System

...most dangerous criminals and included three rings of perimeter security, four rings of internal security and technology such as motion sensors, high resolution security cameras, x-ray scanners, and electronic...

Counting Firearms in Honduras

...And there is no information regarding which government entity keeps insurance records, records of private firearms transactions, or reports about stolen weapons. Regarding private transactions, there are no stated...
Soldiers on patrol in El Salvador

El Salvador’s Military Wants Compensation for Security Risks

...of San Salvador where gangs had burned two vehicles a few days prior. The soldiers were there to offer security to the buses that were taking the risk of...
The Honduran military

Are Northern Triangle Countries ‘Narco-States’?

...private security firms, is an indicator of the lack of state control in all of these countries. Up to 200,000 private security personnel are believed to be present in the Northern...

Honduras Elites and Organized Crime: Juan Ramón Matta Ballesteros

...homes, cemeteries, car dealerships, gas stations, sawmills, bus services, and private security companies. Some became partners in major financial institutions. In 1974, for example, López Arellano founded the bank...