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GameChangers 2017: Trump Stumbles on Latin America Security

President Donald Trump’s approach to US security policy in Latin America has flailed during his first year in office, with his administration alienating key...
Migrantes indocumentados son desalojados de camión en México
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Enforcement Shifting Human Smuggling Routes, Dangers in Mexico: Report

A new report says that human smugglers in Mexico are turning to cargo trucks and less traveled routes to reach the United States,...
Criminal violence continues to rock Mexico's northeast
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Zetas-Gulf Cartel Conflict Continues to Rock Mexico’s Northeast

The ongoing decline of the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas has left northeastern Mexico without a single dominant criminal force. But the crime groups' longstanding...
Dudley and Quinones discuss heroin trade
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Weekly InSight: The DEA and the Heroin Crisis in the United States

In our October 26 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley and "Dreamland" author Sam Quinones discussed the homegrown opioid and heroin...
Álvaro López Nuñez is the brother of Dámaso López Núñez
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After Another Arrest, Is the Sinaloa Cartel Nearing Its End?

The brother of a jailed former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel has been arrested by US authorities, raising further questions about the future of the once-dominant...
Mexican coyotes are using Trump policies to boost their business.
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‘Mexico’s Human Smugglers are Raising Prices Because of Trump’

Undocumented immigration involves a series of deals between Central American coyotes and Mexicans. One coyote from El Salvador complains that his colleagues on the...
Unaccompanied migrant children in a Texas detention center. Credit: Revista Factum
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US Lacks Evidence Linking Migrant Children to MS13 Crimes

Representatives of three US federal law enforcement agencies were unable to offer the Senate Judiciary Committee any conclusive evidence of links (beyond isolated...
Prescription painkillers: a major contributor to the US's opioid epidemic
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Ohio Lawsuit Latest in Cross-Border Push against Opioid Epidemic

Ohio is the latest US state to take legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioid painkillers. Attempts to strangle the legal supply of these drugs at...
US Police Officials during a Senate committee hearing on the MS13. (From left to right: Commissioner Timothy D. Sini, Detective Scott Conley, and Chief J. Thomas Manger)
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Trump Policies Undermine Fight Against MS13: US Police

Police chiefs from three different US counties impacted by the MS13 street gang spoke out about policies adopted by President Donald Trump's administration during a...
The United States government says it will seek to tackle its massive consumer market.
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Mexico, Colombia Meetings Show US Security Policy on Unsure Footing

A recent visit by top US officials to Mexico and a meeting between the presidents of Colombia and the United States in Washington, DC have provided further evidence...
Fentanyl is feeding the opioid epidemic in the US
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Mexico, US to Improve Efforts on Fentanyl as Mexico Seizures Rise

Fentanyl seizures in Mexico are on the rise, prompting Mexico and the United States to pledge to boost bilateral efforts to combat the production and trafficking of...
US President Donald Trump
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Weekly InSight: The Trump Card, How US Policy Shifts Could Impact LatAm Security

In our May 11 Facebook Live discussion, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime's coverage of shifting US...