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Rise in Targeted Kidnappings Cause for Concern in Mexico City

The kidnapping and murder of a university student has sparked broad concern about a rise in targeted kidnappings in Mexico City, and in particular the possible role...
Colinas de Santa Fe, site of Mexico's largest mass grave discovery
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AMLO’s Complex Pledge to Uncover Mass Graves in Mexico

Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador recently reinstated the National Search System for Missing Persons (NSSMP), raising hopes that a real effort to...
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Migrant Caravan in Mexico Changes Course, but Dangers Still Lurk

A caravan of Central American migrants traveling to the United States has changed its intended route to avoid the Texas-Mexico border — a move that shows even...
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How and Where Organized Crime Preys on Migrants in Mexico

A new report shows how and where organized crime groups victimize Central American migrants in...
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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...
ELN commander-in-chief Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias "Gabino."
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ELN Peace Talks Stumble Once Again over Kidnapping Issue

Peace negotiations between Colombia's government and the ELN guerrilla group have backtracked once again due to the issue of ongoing kidnappings by the rebels,...
Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias "Gabino," leader of the ELN
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As ELN Peace Talks Start, a Rocky Path Ahead

As the public phase of peace talks between the government of Colombia and the country's second-largest guerrilla group begins, the rebels' ongoing kidnappings and...
Franz Wiebe has been kept hostage by the EPP since July 2016
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Paraguay Rebel Group Extorts Landowners to Build Local Support

Paraguay's main guerrilla group has demanded that the family of a hostage provide aid to impoverished communities in exchange for the prisoner's release,...
The funeral of Alejo Naborí, one of the three priests murdered in Mexico this year
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2016 Deadliest Year for Catholic Priests in Mexico

Mexico remains the most dangerous country in the world for Catholic priests, according to a report from the Catholic Church that calls out the government for its...
Federal police officers and migrants in Chiapas, Mexico.
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21 Mexico Police Arrested for Kidnapping, Extortion of Migrants

Nearly two dozen municipal police officers were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and extortion of migrants in Mexico's Chiapas state, highlighting the rise of...
Venezuela's Anti-Extortion and Kidnapping Police
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Reports of Kidnapping in Venezuela Nearly Double in 2016

The number of recorded kidnappings in Venezuela has increased by 88 percent over the last year, according to new figures, which help to quantify a security crisis...
Venezuelan Interior Minister Néstor Reverol
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Venezuela Announces Plan to Combat Rampant Kidnapping

Venezuela's interior ministry has announced a new plan to combat kidnapping in the country, but it's doubtful the strategy will slow the country's steep rise in...