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Illegal Logging in Chihuahua is Now Mexico Cartel Territory

The six bodies, minus their heads, were dumped just before dawn on a morning in late October. They were left in front of a gas station on the outskirts of Creel,...
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GameChangers 2018: Venezuelan Migration a New Gold Mine for Organized Crime

Turbulence reigned in 2018, but there was one constant: the flow of Venezuelans fleeing their country. The unceasing migration has left thousands of people...
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GameChangers 2018: Threatened by Inquiries, Central American Elites Strike Back

As 2018 came to a close, two things became clear: the once impenetrable armor against corruption that the United States and other international donors provided in...
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GameChangers 2018: Political Shifts in Colombia, Mexico Cloud Outlook 

Presidential elections in the two countries at the heart of Latin America's drug trade both brought significant change in 2018: Colombians responded to a cocaine...
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The Funes and Saca Tapes in El Salvador: A Plot Revealed

Everyone in this room, in front of a bar with a glass of blue ribbon whiskey in hand, was prosecuted, convicted or ended up a fugitive. Everyone except Herbert...
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Gang Prevention in Central America: A Lost Battle Against State Indifference?

With migrants fleeing murder and violence in caravans and the evident flop of repressive policies in the Northern Triangle, gang prevention and rehabilitation...
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‘Narcos Mexico’: Netflix’s Clues About Today’s Criminal World

In its fourth season, "Narcos: Mexico" has left Colombia's underworld to zoom in on the country that is now at the epicenter of criminal activity in Latin America....
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‘Drug regulation must be tackled at the regional level’: Ricardo Lagos

Few topics seem to be gaining as much traction, or courting as much controversy, across the Americas as the regulation of...
Seven of the eight men convicted for the murder of Berta Cáceres await jail time
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Guilty Verdict in Berta Cáceres Murder Trial in Honduras is Partial Justice

Authorities in Honduras found seven of the eight men accused in the high-profile murder of renowned environmental activist Berta Cáceres guilty, a welcomed step...
Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will take office on December 1
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What is Behind AMLO’s Security Policy U-Turn in Mexico?

Days before his inauguration, on 1 December, Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced a pair of security initiatives that seemingly...
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For Informant, a Treacherous Road to Justice in El Salvador

Even under the best of circumstances, there are few incentives to become a cooperating witness in an extortion case in El Salvador. And, as one witness has found...
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Defining Organized Crime: A Primer (and a Friendly Kerfuffle)

Leading academics, researchers, and journalists dedicated to the study of organized crime around the world convened November 15 in Bogotá, Colombia, to share the...