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InSight Crime's 2018 Criminal GameChangers
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GameChangers 2018: The Year Crime Became an Ideology

Welcome to InSight Crime’s Criminal GameChangers 2018, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of the...
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Solving Mexico Homicide Backlog Could Take 124 Years

It has been years since Laura stopped counting the dead. “We just let them pass through now,” she said. Each becomes just one...
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Venezuela Police Hide Killings Behind Claims of Resisting Authority

A recent report concluded that, in Venezuela, government security forces were responsible for 37 percent of the homicides that occurred in capital city Caracas...
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Costa Rica Remains Peaceful In Fight Against Crime

Costa Rica has been a beacon of peace in a conflict- and crime-ridden region since the abolition of its armed forces in 1948, yet a rise in violent crime in recent...
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Cali Deaths Keep Dropping, City Still Worst in Colombia

The city of Cali in Colombia is on track to see a drop in homicides for the fifth straight year, but killings remain an intractable problem due to the city’s...
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Gang Prevention in Central America: A Lost Battle Against State Indifference?

With migrants fleeing murder and violence in caravans and the evident flop of repressive policies in the Northern Triangle, gang prevention and rehabilitation...
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New Brazil Cabinet Sets Up Tug of War Between Military and Judiciary

The composition of Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s national security team has confirmed that his tough stance on violent crime continues to be a...
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Ecuador ‘Legalizes’ Gangs and Slashes Murder Rate

In some New York neighborhoods, wearing yellow and black with a golden crown symbol can get you killed. But in Quito, Ecuador, clothing representing the Latin Kings...
Drug regulation is being debated around the world
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Can Drug Regulation Help Tackle Organized Crime?

A recent report argues that regulating illegal drugs can help governments tackle organized crime, adding to a growing number of voices calling for the...
Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will take office on December 1
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What is Behind AMLO’s Security Policy U-Turn in Mexico?

Days before his inauguration, on 1 December, Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced a pair of security initiatives that seemingly...
Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto
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A Legacy of Turmoil: Peña Nieto’s Tenure in Mexico

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto ends his six-year term amid a rising body count, allegations of cover-ups, and having failed his nation on a variety of key...
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Police Along Venezuela Border Consolidate as Criminal Structures

Two sweeping investigations into police units serving along Venezuela’s border were ordered after the arrest of 15 officers, several of whom are accused of...