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Impunity Persists in LatAm Cases of Murdered Journalists

A new report says that authorities in Latin America continue to struggle in prosecuting cases of murdered journalists, suggesting an unwillingness to adequately...
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Are Caracas’ Murders Really Falling?

A recent government announcement about an alleged drop in the murder rate in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, raises strong doubts about whether official figures are...
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El Salvador Town Wants to Combat Violence With Tourism

San Pedro Perulapán, in El Salvador, is one of the most violent towns in one of the world’s most violent countries. The situation in the historic municipality...
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Cause of Juárez Homicide Dip? Same as Homicide Jump

A truce among rival criminal gangs is said to be behind a sudden dip in homicides in Juárez, though the northern Mexico border city is still on path for its...
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Can Community Policing Help Tackle Organized Crime in Mexico?

A community-focused policing program that has produced positive results in one of Mexico’s most violent states suggests that alternative forms of policing could...
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What’s Behind El Salvador’s Recent Drop in Homicides?

In September, homicides in El Salvador declined to levels that the Central American nation hasn’t seen since a truce was agreed upon between the country's two...
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Mexico’s Failure to Gather Quality Homicide Data Impeding Security Gains

Mexico’s failure to gather quality data on homicides is preventing the country from developing effective policies to tackle rising violence, a new study...
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What Is Behind Growing Violence In Costa Rica?

Costa Rica’s recently-elected President Carlos Alvarado Quesada has officially hit 100 days in office. But his government is still struggling to stall worsening...
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Brazil Homicides Reach New Record Levels: Report

Brazil broke its own homicide record in 2017, according to a new report, as killings rose to unprecedented levels due to more violence related to organized crime...
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Is Organized Crime Behind Uruguay’s Homicide Uptick?

After a spate of homicides in Uruguay, there is growing concern that violence is connected to organized crime groups, an assessment that could be premature and...
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Mexico Organized Crime-Related Executions Hit Record High: Report

A new report says that executions linked to organized crime in Mexico have skyrocketed to record levels during the first six months of 2018, underscoring how...
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LatAm Deadliest Region for Environmental Defenders: Report

A new report says that the majority of killings of land and environmental leaders last year took place in Latin America, underscoring how shifting organized crime...