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Members of the Central American Integrated System.

Central America to Integrate Fight Against Organized Crime

The governments of Central America have announced plans to create a regional body to centralize security initiatives, a move that may help tackle the free movement...

Mexico Govt Claims Murders Down, but Kidnappings Still Rising

As debate continues over claims by Mexico's president that his security policies are behind a drop in violence, statistics showing rapid growth in the number of...
Members of Venezuela's civilian militias

Venezuela Plans to Double Size of Civilian Militias

Venezuela's president wants to more than double the number of civilians involved in armed militias, a move with serious political and possibly criminal implications...
Honduras military patrols city streets

Honduras Gives Green Light to Military Police

Honduras has signed into law the creation of a military police force to help confront the country's security crisis, a move that has provoked human rights concerns...
Soldiers sent to Michoacan in May

Michoacan Plans to Place Military Men in Charge of Police

As vigilante drama in violence-plagued Michoacan, Mexico continues, the state government has proposed placing former military commanders at the head of municipal...
Arturo Corrales presents security plan

Honduras to Create New Community Police Force

The Honduras government plans to create a new force of 4,500 community police, and to reorganize the structure of existing police units, though neither plan seems...
President Nicolas Maduro (center) presents border security plan

Venezuela to Create Task Force to Fight Border Crime

The Venezuelan government plans to create a new force tasked with patrolling the border with Colombia, which will face an uphill battle if it is to make a dent in...
Costa Rican Security Minister Mario Zamora

Costa Rica to Spy on Foreign Criminal Organizations

Costa Rica plans to begin using its embassies in other countries to track the activity of criminal organizations, suggesting the Central American country is...
Truce mediator Raul Mijango with gang members

El Salvador Politicians Demand Investigation into Truce Mediator

Salvadoran officials have called for an investigation into truce mediator Raul Mijango, after he made comments suggesting that a recent spike in homicides is...

2013 US Southwest Border Strategy Calls for More Cooperation with Mexico

The White House's newly released 2013 National Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy continues the Obama administration's shift towards training, institution...
Incarcerated MS-13 members

‘Iron Fist’ Policies Feed Central America Gang Violence: Study

Harsh and repressive actions taken against gangs by Central American governments have served to worsen violence, according to the independent research project Small...
Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong

The Pros and Cons of Absorbing Mexico’s Gendarmerie into the Federal Police

Mexico's government has decided to make the controversial Gendarmerie -- a key component of President Enrique Peña Nieto's national security policy -- part of...