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Brazil Homicides Reach New Record Levels: Report

Brazil broke its own homicide record in 2017, according to a new report, as killings rose to unprecedented levels due to more violence related to organized crime...
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Argentina Drug Decriminalization Could Throw Official Stats Overboard

The proposed decriminalization of personal drug use in Argentina, which will be soon debated in Congress, is poised to ignite a fresh debate over the country’s...
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Is Organized Crime Behind Uruguay’s Homicide Uptick?

After a spate of homicides in Uruguay, there is growing concern that violence is connected to organized crime groups, an assessment that could be premature and...
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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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Weekly InSight: Argentina Takes a Step Towards Militarization

In our July 26 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime’s Spanish Editor Ronna Rísquez and Managing Editor Josefina Salomón discussed recent changes to the role of...
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Guatemala Self-Defense Groups Reminder of Security Concerns

Authorities in Guatemala fear that self-defense groups operating in response to a lack of state presence may turn into criminal organizations engaged in illicit...
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Nicaragua Anti-Terrorism Law Could Criminalize Opposition

Lawmakers in Nicaragua recently approved an anti-terrorism law that many fear will be used to criminalize the opposition amid a deepening political crisis, a tactic...
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Argentina Suggests Militarization, Ignites Debate

Statements by high-level government officials about deploying soldiers to Argentina’s northern border to help tackle drug trafficking has ignited an intense and...
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As Nicaragua Violence Soars, Doubts About Those Responsible Disappear

Innocent civilians continue to be killed in Nicaragua as political unrest spreads across the country and spirals out of control, leaving no doubt about who is...
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El Salvador Citizen Security Plan Struggling to Reduce Insecurity

Three years after the launch of a much-touted citizen security initiative in El Salvador, officials say the program has helped significantly reduce crime and...
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Is Honduras Losing the Fight Against Aerial Drug Trafficking?

Honduras authorities recently seized five airplanes thought to have been used to transport drugs through a remote region of the country where dozens of clandestine...
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Medellín, Colombia’s Comuna 13 Sees Resurgence of Violence

Nightly clashes between criminal gangs and a questionable police operation have engulfed one of Colombia’s most famous neighborhoods, with residents fearing a...