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Overview of Violence Against Social Leaders in Colombia

Social leaders across Colombia were murdered at an almost unprecedented rate in 2019, and for a wide range of causes. Criminal gangs seeking to protect their...
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Impunity Persists in Murder Cases of Mexico’s Indigenous Leaders

Despite increasingly coming under fire, a new report says that authorities in Mexico are failing to protect Indigenous human rights leaders defending the...
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Private Messages Further Link Honduras Elites to Berta Cáceres Murder

Recently published messages have offered fresh insight into the plot to murder renowned environmental activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras, laying bare how...
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Venezuela Reports Show FAES Police Unit Targeting Key Megabandas

A slew of media reports from Venezuela appear to show an elite police unit, blamed for numerous extrajudicial executions, going after two of the country's powerful...
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AMLO Yet to Bring Justice in Mexico’s Ayotzinapa Case

After his landslide victory, Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador vowed to get to the bottom of a national scandal involving the disappearance of 43...
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Still Without Protection, Journalists Are Mexico’s Walking Dead

Reporters in Mexico are frequently forced to confront brutal and often deadly violence, but the administration of recently elected President Andrés Manuel López...
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Prostitution Ring Highlights Vulnerability of Colombia Indigenous Communities

Colombia’s authorities have broken up a prostitution ring exploiting indigenous minors in the Amazonas department, the second human trafficking ring arrested this...
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Walled Inside Homes, Corpses of Mexico’s Disappeared Evade Authorities

Forensic examiners recovering bodies from mass graves in remote terrain has become commonplace during Mexico’s drug war, but criminal groups in Jalisco are making...
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Mexico Criminal Groups Increase Child Recruitment Tactics

Crime organizations in Mexico are increasingly recruiting children and adolescents to use as “disposable labor”, taking advantage of the lack of effective...
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Migrants Easy Prey Under US ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program

A new set of migrant protocols implemented in the United States is requiring asylum seekers to wait out their court proceedings in various border towns in Mexico,...
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Riots and Violence Overwhelm Venezuela’s Police Stations

A new type of "pranato," or prison boss, is flourishing inside Venezuelan police stations, where riots, escapes, extortion rackets and killings are now common in...
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Mexico Police Collude With Criminals to Kidnap, Extort Migrant

The recent kidnapping and sexual assault of a Honduran migrant woman sent from the United States to Mexico underscores the extreme...