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Militia Tentacles Extend to Rural Areas of Brazil

New details about militias in Brazil’s rural areas reveal how these criminal groups have spread rapidly in strategic regions around the...

Despite Recent Arrests, Rio’s Militias Are Here to Stay

Police in Rio de Janeiro have targeted one of the city's oldest and largest militias, but the conditions that first gave rise to these groups decades ago and...

Militias Become Luxury Real Estate Barons in Rio de Janeiro

A series of revelations about how militias in Rio de Janeiro are laundering large quantities of money through illegal real estate shines a light on the impunity...

Marielle Franco Arrests Raise Suspicions About Brazil Militia Ties to Bolsonaro Family

Two former police officers with links to a militia group have been arrested in the high-profile killing of a Brazilian human rights activist. The same militia may...

Marielle Franco Insights Show Grim Banality of Brazil Violence

New information about the murder of a Rio de Janeiro city councilor may finally bring her killers to justice, but this provides little cause for long-term...

Brazil Police, Politician Tied to High-Profile Rio Activist’s Murder

New witness testimony suggests the high-profile assassination of a city councilwoman and her driver in Brazil was a coordinated plot among military police, militia...

Spate of Murders in Brazil Shines Spotlight on Militia Phenomenon

A recent string of militia-linked murders in Brazil is sparking increased public discussion about the widespread presence and power of these criminal groups,...
Brazilian security forces patrolling in Rio ahead of elections

Criminal Violence Overshadows Brazil Municipal Elections

A wave of violence linked to criminal organizations has overshadowed Brazil's October 2 municipal elections, highlighting the extent of the political power attained...
Gilmar Mendes, president of Brazil's Superior Electoral Tribunal

Political Killings in Rio Raise Fears of Crime Infested Elections

The head of Brazil's federal election commission has warned that criminal groups are attempting to influence local politics in the country's second largest city...

Rio de Janeiro Militias Muscle in on Brazil Elections

Not only have Rio de Janeiro’s violent militia groups dramatically expanded -- growing from just six communities in 2004 to 148 today -- they have also made their...
Brazilian police carrying out an operation

‘Brazil Militias Developing Ties with Drug Gangs’

According to authorities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the city's illicit miltias have become cozier with the local drug gangs they were originally set up to combat,...
A family flees gang-security force clashes in Rio

Internal Displacement in Brazil: An Inconvenient Truth?

As Brazil works to project the image of a nation that is effectively addressing security challenges in its major cities, one important indicator -- internal...