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Mexico’s Record High Kidnappings Fueled by Fractured Cartels

Official statistics in Mexico suggest that kidnapping cases will reach a record high this year, a consequence of the atomization of the country’s...
¿Más violencia devolverá la paz a El Salvador?
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El Salvador Must ‘Bleed More’ to Force Reckoning: Barrio 18 Member

Powerful statements made by a member of one of El Salvador’s most notorious gangs to the New York Times illustrate the group’s violent...
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In Caracas, 4 Children Orphaned Every Day by Violence

Gilber Sosa Arellano will not see his daughter grow up. He will not take her for a ride on the bike he used to get to work, nor will he sing on any of his...
La caída en los homicidios ha sido influenciada por varios factores
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Weekly InSight: Why Homicides Are Down in Honduras

In our November 16 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime co-director Steven Dudley sat down with senior investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos to discuss why Honduras'...
Reforming Honduras' National Police has helped reduce homicides
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7 Keys to Understanding Honduras’ Declining Homicide Rate

Due to a combination of factors, Honduras is on track to close out 2017 with a significantly lower homicide rate than has been observed in previous years....
UPP officers in a Rio favela
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Citizens Lack Trust in Rio Military Police but See Few Alternatives

Brazil's justice minister caused a stir this week when he accused Rio de Janeiro's military police of maintaining ties to organized crime, and recent polls show...
Mexico is on track to have its most violent year on record
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Mexico Victims’ Survey Belies Growing Homicides

A survey of crime victims in Mexico shows that perceptions of insecurity and the number of victims have stayed relatively stable despite the country being on pace...
Violence against Brazilian adolescents is worsening
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Brazil’s Youth Violence Crisis Deepening: Report

Nearly four in every 1,000 Brazilian adolescents living in the country's biggest cities are murdered before the age of 19, according to a new UN report that...
El Salvador saw 435 homicides in September
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El Salvador Violence Rising Despite ‘Extraordinary’ Anti-Gang Measures

September in El Salvador saw 435 homicides -- almost 15 per day -- making it the country's most violent month in 2017, according to official figures. And this...
A crime scene in Costa Rica
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Costa Rica Report Blames ‘Organized Crime’ for Spike in Homicides

A government report on homicides in Costa Rica concludes that organized crime is driving the rising violence in the country, but the study's shaky methodology...
Some parts of the Colombian countryside are seeing murders spike
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Pockets of Rising Violence in Rural Colombia Despite National Drop in Murders

While Colombia boasts its lowest homicide rate in nearly half a century, pockets of spiking violence in several rural areas tell a different story -- that of armed...
Honduras National Police officers
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Violence in Honduras Capital City Follows Past Trends

A new report mapping violence in Honduras' capital suggests that the country's gangs remain a root cause driving the violence, a finding consistent with years past...