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Costa Rican Security Minister Mario Zamora
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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
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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...
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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
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‘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
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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...
Santos speaks at citizen security conference
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Colombia to Invest ‘Unprecedented’ $2.3 Billion in Citizen Security

The Colombian government plans to invest a total of $2.3 billion in citizen security for the 2012 to 2015 period, highlighting how localized criminal operations are...
Guerrero vigilantes block highway demanding security
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Vigilantes Detain University Students in Mexico’s Guerrero State

A newly formed community police group in Guerrero, Mexico has blocked a main highway, detaining 30 university students and 40 tourist buses, as they demand...
Heavily armed community police in San Marcos province
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100s of Guatemalan Community Police Groups Operate Illegally: Study

Over 300 community policing units in Guatemala operate illegally and some are engaged in the drug trade, according to a new study, highlighting both the dangers of...
Authorities recover residents' homes in San Pedro Sula
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Honduras Authorities Recover Homes, Schools, Churches From Gangs

Honduran authorities have recovered 90 houses and several schools and churches that had been abandoned and taken over by gangs in San Pedro Sula, representing a...
A military patrol in the Dominican Republic
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Dominican Military Patrol Streets To Fight Crime

The Dominican military has begun patrolling the streets alongside the country's police force in an effort to reduce high crime levels, a move sure to feed concerns...
Michoacan students detained by federal forces in 2012
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Michoacan’s Security Surge: Back to the Future

The Mexican government claims that a security surge in Michoacan state in response to ongoing violence is better coordinated than similar initiatives led by the...
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A Never-Ending Mission: Soldiers as Police in Mexico

In mid-May, the residents of La Ruana and other towns in Mexico's western state of Michoacan lined roadsides to cheer the arrival of thousands of soldiers to their...