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The program is broadcast in Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
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Radio Program in Peru Takes Aim at Human Trafficking

Peru's Interior Ministry has aired its first trilingual radio program to help better inform the public about human trafficking, a step in the right direction that...
Europol report tackles money laundering
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EU Money Laundering Analysis Offers Lessons for Latin America

A new report by the European police agency Europol examines why so much suspect financial activity results in so few money laundering prosecutions, and offers...
A new prison in Costa Rica
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Crisis in the Prisons: Five Guidelines When Reforming the Penal System

The high and growing rate of imprisonment in the region is not leading to lower rates of violence and crime. In other words, we know that prisons are not the...
Elements of Rio de Janeiro's UPP
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What LatAm Cities Can Learn From the Failures of Brazil’s UPP Policing Model

Community policing has become the go-to security strategy in the Americas. But as the case of the Rio de Janeiro's "pacification" policing experiment shows, its...
Brazilian troops on patrol in Rio de Janeiro
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Brazil Military Deployment in Rio Shows Past Failures of Militarization

Brazil's defense minister has announced a new phase of security operations in Rio de Janeiro that will involve a massive military deployment, a strategy often used...
Brazil's prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot at the Atlantic Council on July 19, 2017.
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Brazil Chief Prosecutor Applauds Multilateral Anti-Corruption Cooperation

Brazil's chief prosecutor highlighted the importance of international cooperation in ongoing probes of the biggest corruption cases in the country's history. But...
Latin America struggles to prevent human trafficking
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Human Trafficking Network Dismantled in Panama

A Panama court has convicted and sentenced three members of a Nicaraguan-led human trafficking network focused on exploiting people for manual labor, a promising...
A Rio taxi driver uses the Onde Tem Tiroteio app
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New App Aims to Improve Citizen Security in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A new citizen-created security app has been introduced in Rio de Janeiro to help alert citizens about where shootings and crimes are occurring, raising questions...
Haiti’s prisons are the most overcrowded in the world
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Report Proposes Offering Legal Aid to Curtail Prison Overcrowding in Haiti

A recent report advocates increasing legal assistance for Haiti's prisoners awaiting trial, an initiative that could lessen some of the human and financial losses...
Inmates doing exercise inside Acacías prison
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Uruguay, Colombia Put Inmates to Work to Fight Organized Crime

In contrast to most of the region, Uruguay's government and at least one prison in Colombia are taking steps to provide more opportunities and rehabilitation to...
Brazil's Minister of the Environment, Sarney Filho
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Brazil Launches Program to Trace Illegal Logging in Amazon

Authorities in Brazil have announced a new strategy to reduce illegal logging and timber trafficking in the Amazon, but the plan is likely to face serious obstacles...
Honduras’ Attorney General Óscar Fernando Chinchilla
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Honduras Extraditions Expose Judicial System’s Weak Links

Honduras' Attorney General's Office has helped capture some of the country's most powerful criminals and their assets, shaking the country's underworld, but the...