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Increased Mexico Security Spending Not Delivering Security Gains: Report

A recent report by a think tank in Mexico underscores that increased security spending has done little to temper escalating rates of violence in the country,...
A demonstrator in Venezuela, the country's with the world's worst "law and order" score

Latin America Again Ranks as World’s Least Secure Region: Report

For the eighth year in a row, an annual report from the Gallup polling organization has ranked Latin America as the least secure region in the world,...
Mexico nightclub attacks killed 173 between 2015 and 2017

Increasing Mexico Nightclub Attacks Show Crime Groups’ Brazenness

Attacks on Mexico's nightclubs are on the rise, suggesting criminal groups are becoming increasingly willing to use public violence, and highlighting the collateral...
Drug consumption is heightening violence in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Local Drug Consumption Fueling Rising Murder Rate

An increase in domestic drug sales and consumption in Costa Rica appears to be fueling rising homicides, but authorities have tended to blame foreign crime groups...
Latin America is the most murderous region for land rights, environmental activists

LatAm is Most Murderous Region for Land, Environmental Activists: Report

Latin America is the most dangerous region in the world for activists fighting for their land or trying to safeguard the environment, according to a Global Witness...

InSide Colombia’s BACRIM: Murder

  Life of a Sicario Anatomy of a Hit   The BACRIM's control over territories such as the north Colombian region of Bajo Cauca comes at the point...
Mexico's murder rate will reach a record high in 2017

Report Underscores Mexico’s Flawed Response to Rising Violence

A new report on high-impact crimes in Mexico underscores that violence and insecurity continue to be grave problems, raising further questions about the country's...
Jamaica's homicide rate is on an upward slope

Why Jamaica’s Homicide Rate Is Up 20%

Jamaica's homicide rate has risen steeply in 2017, in what is likely the symptom of a splintering...
The MS13 is suspected of killing relatives of El Salvador’s security forces

Spike in Attacks on Security Force Families as El Salvador Violence Declines

A wave of attacks against relatives of El Salvador's security forces serves as a reminder of gangs' willingness and ability to use targeted violence, but the spike...
Brazil’s youth, female and Afro-Brazilian populations continue to be affected by violence

Report Highlights Rising Violence in Northern Brazil

A new report analyzing nationwide trends in violence in Brazil concludes that a number of geographic and socioeconomic factors are contributing to shifting homicide...
The 10 countries with the highest child homicide rates are all in Latin America and the Caribbean

Ten Countries with Highest Child Homicide Rates All in LatAm: Report

A new report from an international non-governmental organization says that the 10 countries with the highest child homicide rates are all in Latin America and the...

How ‘UberEATS’ Could Reduce Violence in Mexico City

The dismantling of a microtrafficking operation in Mexico City that used bags issued by UberEATS to deliver marijuana shows how dealers are using new, and, analysts...