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Going Door to Door: Mexico City’s Response To Child Recruitment

Officials in Mexico City have launched a new program which will seek to impede criminal networks from recruiting minors across its Historic Center, suggesting the...
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GameChangers 2019: Latin America’s Top 10 Criminal Groups

Colombia’s last rebel army is now the most powerful criminal syndicate in Latin America, as it expands across Colombia and far into Venezuela, deepening its...
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The US-Mexico Border’s Eastern End: A Forgotten Criminal Enclave?

While Mexico’s drug war has left much of its frontier with the United States threatened by cartel violence, a fine-tuned criminal strategy has allowed the...
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Migrants Easy Prey Under US ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program

A new set of migrant protocols implemented in the United States is requiring asylum seekers to wait out their court proceedings in various border towns in Mexico,...
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Veracruz Massacre Crowns Bloody Start of 2019 in Mexico

An infant was among more than a dozen people killed in a massacre during the heart of Holy Week in Mexico, underscoring the depth of the security...
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Mexico’s New Airport Boss Aiding International Drug Trafficking: Report

A new report says Mexico’s recently appointed supervisor of the country’s airports and ports is suspected of facilitating drug trafficking through...
Criminal violence continues to rock Mexico's northeast
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Zetas-Gulf Cartel Conflict Continues to Rock Mexico’s Northeast

The ongoing decline of the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas has left northeastern Mexico without a single dominant criminal force. But the crime groups' longstanding...
Jorge Eduardo Costilla-Sánchez, alias "El Coss"
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Former Boss of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel Pleads Guilty to US Drug Charges

A former leader of the Gulf Cartel has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in the United States, a reminder that the once-powerful crime group has all but...
Tomás Yarrington, former PRI governor of Tamaulipas
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An Extradition From Italy May Increase US-Mexico Tensions

A former Mexican governor captured in Italy faces extradition to the United States and Mexico, which may spark new tensions between the neighboring...
Veracruz Governor Miguel Yunes
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Violence in Veracruz as Cartels Adapt to New Political Dynamic

The new governor of the state of Veracruz in eastern Mexico is facing cartel wars and spiraling violence after succeeding the fugitive Javier Duarte. And the...
Leticia Rodriguez, alias "Doña Lety," presumed leader of an independent cartel
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Violence in Mexico Tourism Corridor Reflects Evolving Criminal Trends

Official reports have revealed that recent outbreaks of violence in one of Mexico's main tourist areas could be due to clashes between an independent cartel and the...
500 Mexican troops will relocate to Ciudad Mier.
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Militarized Approach Continues as Mexico to Send 500 Troops to Border Town

Mexico's Defense Secretary says the army will send 500 soldiers to Ciudad Mier in the embattled state of Tamaulipas along the US-Mexico border, indicating that the...