Archive: May 2013

BACRIM Turn to Landmines in Colombia

COLOMBIA / 31 MAY 2013

Colombia's criminal hybrid groups, known as BACRIM, are reportedly using landmines to protect their criminal interests in north Colombia, marking a change in their military tactics that has worrying long-term…

Peru Traffickers Resisting Coca Eradication: Bolivia

BOLIVIA / 31 MAY 2013

A Bolivian government official says that a recent incident involving coca growers attacking the security forces was spurred by Peruvian drug traffickers present in the region, a plausible theory, although…

El Salvador Prosecutors Reveal Use of Anti-Gang Law During Truce

BARRIO 18 / 31 MAY 2013

Prosecutors in El Salvador have revealed that 180 people were convicted under the country's controversial anti-gang law during ten of the 13 months the gang truce has been in place,…

Ex-Mexico President Fox Backs Plans for 'Big Marijuana' Business

DRUG POLICY / 31 MAY 2013

Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox has backed an ex-Microsoft businessman's plans to create the first legal "Big Marijuana" business, highlighting how quickly commerce will look to capitalize on relaxed…

Nicaragua Homicide Rate Drops to 11 per 100,000

HOMICIDES / 31 MAY 2013

Nicaragua's police chief has attributed a drop in the country's national homicide rate to an increase in police operations, although reports of criminal activity on the coastline paint a different…

5 Questions About Honduras' Gang Pact

BARRIO 18 / 31 MAY 2013

Honduras gangs committed this week to keeping violence rates low as the first step in a series of dialogues with appointed mediators. But as this second gang truce in Central…

Urabeños Capture May Shake Up Turf War in Southwest Colombia

COLOMBIA / 30 MAY 2013

Colombian police have captured alias "Martin Bala," a leader of drug trafficking orgaization the Urabeños, whose war with rival organization the Rastrojos in Colombia's third biggest city has led to…

11 Disappear In Mexico City 'Police Operation'

HUMAN RIGHTS / 30 MAY 2013

A group of 11 people reportedly went missing following a police operation at a bar in Mexico’s Federal District, calling attention to the country's ongoing disappearance "crisis" in which state…

Brazil to Install Border Security Cameras

BRAZIL / 30 MAY 2013

Brazil will install video surveillance cameras along the 17,000 kilometer border it shares with 10 other countries, as part of a national public security strategy aimed at combating organized crime…

Colombian Ex-Police Generals Called to Testify in Uribe Investigation

COLOMBIA / 29 MAY 2013

Four ex-police generals have been called to testify in an investigation into former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's relationship with his ex-security chief Mauricio Santoyo, now awaiting sentence in the US…

El Salvador Spends on Security, Not Social Welfare: World Bank

EL SALVADOR / 29 MAY 2013

A study commissioned by the World Bank shows El Salvador spends a greater portion of government money on security and defense than other countries in Central America, but overall its…

Mexico Extortion Hits 1/3 of Foreign Businesses

EXTORTION / 29 MAY 2013

A survey by the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico (Amcham) found that 36 percent of the businesses questioned reported being threatened with extortion last year, double the number reported…

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Extensive Coverage of our Chronicles of a Cartel Bodyguard

23 SEP 2022

Our recent investigation, A Cartel Bodyguard in Mexico’s 'Hot Land', has received extensive media coverage.

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InSight Crime, American University Host Illegal Fishing Panel

19 SEP 2022

InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University discussed the findings of a joint investigation on IUU fishing at a September 9 conference.

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Impact on the Media Landscape

9 SEP 2022

InSight Crime’s first investigation on the Dominican Republic made an immediate impact on the Dominican media landscape, with major news outlets republishing and reprinting our findings, including in …

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InSight Crime Sharpens Its Skills

2 SEP 2022

Last week, the InSight Crime team gathered for our annual retreat in Colombia, where we discussed our vision and strategy for the next 12 months.  During the week, we also learned how to…

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Colombia’s Fragile Path to Peace Begins to Take Shape

26 AUG 2022

InSight Crime is charting the progress of President Gustavo Petro’s agenda as he looks to revolutionize Colombia’s security policy, opening dialogue with guerrillas, reforming the military and police, and…