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What Are Guatemala Presidential Candidates Planning on Security?

Guatemala will head to the polls on June 16 to elect a new president, a decision that is sure to have profound implications for the nation’s domestic security and...
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El Salvador’s MS13: ‘We Trust in God and Nayib Bukele’

The online magazine Revista Factum interviewed a spokesperson for the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) who spoke on behalf of the entire gang. In this...
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Ex-President Sánchez Cerén Leaves El Salvador Facing Same Threats

Salvador Sánchez Cerén, El Salvador's president since 2014, left office last weekend with little to show for his tenure, in which slight improvements in the...
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Colombia Unconvincingly Walks Back Controversial Military Plan

New orders from Colombia’s military leadership showing a possible return to policies that previously led to a wave of extrajudicial killings has sown further...
Argentina's Federal Police Force has nearly 30,000 members
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Argentina’s Corrupt Federal Police: A Few Bad Apples?

The arrest of the federal police chief in Argentina's strategically located province of Santa Fe on drug trafficking charges has forced authorities to once again...
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Failed Venezuela Uprising Benefits Armed and Criminal Groups

Venezuela's social conflict and violence may be even more complicated a week after the failed military uprising led by Juan Guaidó. This continued descent into...
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Will an Algorithm Help Colombia Predict Crime?

An initiative to create an artificial intelligence system that analyzes massive amounts of data to recognize criminal patterns underscores how Colombia seeks to use...
Brazil has some of the largest prison populations in the world
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‘Volunteer’ Inmate Program Highlights Brazil Prison Crisis

A so-called voluntary work program in Rio de Janeiro prisons has highlighted long-term problems within Brazil’s crumbling penitentiary system, a breeding ground...
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Neutralizing Criminal Groups Key in Guaidó Security Plan for Venezuela

The opposition leader and president of Venezuela’s National Assembly has launched his new security plan for a potential transition government, announcing a series...
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US Corruption List Omits Key Central American Officials

Senior officials named in a US government list of corruption suspects in Central America have all been sentenced for their crimes -- a fact critics say raises...
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Mexico’s War on Drugs Leaves 750 Military Personnel Dead Since 2006

Nearly 750 military personnel are reported to have died while in service since Mexico launched its “war on drugs” in 2006. A closer look at the figures shows a...
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Killings by Mexican Marines Underscore Lack of Oversight

Recent data shows that Mexican Marines have become much more lethal in clashes with civilians, raising concerns of accountability at a time when Mexico prepares to...