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Seven of the eight men convicted for the murder of Berta Cáceres await jail time
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Guilty Verdict in Berta Cáceres Murder Trial in Honduras is Partial Justice

Authorities in Honduras found seven of the eight men accused in the high-profile murder of renowned environmental activist Berta Cáceres guilty, a welcomed step...
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Accusations Against Guatemala Deputy Minister Open New Questions About President’s Cabinet

The indictment of a senior Guatemalan government official concerning his alleged participation in police death squads has reopened deep questions about President...
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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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Coca Regions Most Deadly for Colombia Activists

A recent UN report shows that, in Colombia, the farming of coca for illicit use has not only increased, but has potentially also had significant adverse effects on...
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In Berta Cáceres Murder Trial in Honduras, Prosecutors Will Fall Short*

The murder trial of environmental activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras could open a small window into the nexus between criminal networks and elites, but will more...
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Restrictions on Venezuela Migrants Boost Criminal Networks

New immigration restrictions announced by some countries in Latin America to stem the tide of migrants fleeing Venezuela could create a boomerang effect in the...
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Security Crisis Stains Peña Nieto’s Legacy in Mexico

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto’s final report on the state of the country showed that the security crisis will be one of his darkest legacies and one of the...
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Are Mexico President-Elect’s Security Proposals Wishful Thinking?

Mexico President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has set himself the task of shifting the country’s heavy-handed, militarized security policies against...
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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...
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Weekly InSight: How Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Benefits Organized Crime

In our June 28 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-Director Steve Dudley and Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos discussed how the "zero-tolerance"...
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El Salvador Police Convictions Fall Short in Curbing Abuses

By sentencing four police officers involved in extrajudicial executions, authorities in El Salvador may be sending a message about their willingness to address...
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Trump’s Border Policies Strengthen Organized Crime. Here’s How.

The Trump administration’s stated purpose of “zero tolerance” of illegal immigration on US borders is to lower crime rates, but research shows that the net...