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US Demands Mexico Double Down on Hardline Anti-Drug Approach

The United States is calling for authorities in Mexico to intensify their crack down on the country’s organized crime groups, doubling down on strategies that...
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3 Dirty Secrets Revealed by the El Salvador Gang ‘Negotiations’

The El Faro media group reported that the El Salvador government is “negotiating” with street gangs to keep homicide levels low, which may come as a surprise to...
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Netflix’s ‘Immigration Nation’ – How Criminals and Companies Exploit Migration

Released in August, the six-part Netflix documentary “Immigration Nation” goes behind the scenes of immigration policies and enforcement under the...
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Homicide Drop in El Salvador: Presidential Triumph or Gang Trend?

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has credited his crime-fighting plan for a 60 percent drop in homicides this year. But the country’s violent street gangs...
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In Chile, Drug Trafficking Becoming More Prominent and Violent

According to a recent assessment, drug trafficking in Chile has become increasingly prominent, diversified, and violent over the past year — mirroring public...
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US Overlooked Rogue Drug War Officials in Mexico

Explosive accusations by US prosecutors that three former top Mexican security officials accepted millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel serve as...
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The ELN’s Repeated Demands for a Ceasefire in Colombia

In recent months, the ELN has made several attempts to reach a ceasefire but these have been continually rebuffed by the Colombian government, which claims the...
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Three Massacres Expose Weakness of Mexico’s ‘Catch-all’ Security Policy

Recent massacres in three different regions of Mexico have shown the importance of analyzing local power structures to understand the causes of...
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Brazil Police Killings Rise During Coronavirus Pandemic

The states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro recorded upticks in numbers of killings by Brazilian police during the first months of 2020, even while crime rates...
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A Fractured System – Mexico’s Criminal Investigation Network

In 2015, Mexico City’s government launched an electronic system that would coordinate the work of police, experts and public ministries, to improve their...
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Los Pachenca Holding On in Northern Colombia After Leader’s Death

In May 2019, Colombian President Iván Duque vowed to end Los Pachenca, stating that this was a promise from the country's security council. Just over a year on,...
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Brazen Murder of Soldiers Latest Incident to Raise Alarm in Uruguay

The unprecedented murder of three soldiers in Uruguay has again raised the alarm about the seemingly growing brazenness of criminal actors in a country long...