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Reforming Honduras' National Police has helped reduce homicides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...
A murder victim in Brazil

Rising Violence Across Brazil Hits North Especially Hard

New figures show that violence is rising across Brazil. But the country's deteriorating security situation has hit the north particularly hard, providing a snapshot...
Depiction of a homicide crime scene

Report Analyzes Guatemala’s Shaky Murder Data, Urges Improvements

A new report examines official homicide data in Guatemala, and echoes the findings of an extensive investigation by InSight Crime that showed accurate and reliable...
Can US jurisdiction reach too far?

As US Prosecutes Foreign Crimes, How Far Can Its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Reach?

The sentencing of a Zetas cartel assassin in Texas is the latest example of US prosecutors applying extraterritorial jurisdiction to foreign nationals for crimes...
Pistols were the most common weapon seized from crime scenes

New Data Reinforces Link Between Guns, Violence in Latin America

New US government data tracking the international flow of firearms provides additional evidence that guns remain a driving force behind high levels of violence and...