Archive: Feb 2015

Is Pope Francis Right About the ‘Mexicanization’ of Argentina?

ARGENTINA / 25 FEB 2015

Pope Francis' recent comparison of Argentina's drug violence to Mexico's made some unhappy in Mexico. But it's not an entirely unfair thing to say.

Report Highlights Sinaloa Cartel’s Desire for European Market

EL CHAPO / 25 FEB 2015

Documents from the US District Court in New Hampshire -- one of multiple US courts that have indicted Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on drug trafficking charges -- describe how Sinaloa…

Ecuador Drug Seizures Skyrocket

ECUADOR / 24 FEB 2015

In just the first two months of the year, Ecuador drug seizures have increased fivefold compared to the same time period in 2014, indication that the country's role in transnational…

World’s Most Dangerous City Installing Security Cameras

HONDURAS / 24 FEB 2015

Honduras' notoriously violent city San Pedro Sula is on the verge of setting up a massive video surveillance system, indicating authorities are willing to try new methods to improve…

Guatemala Narco ‘Queen’ Pleads Guilty in US Court

ELITES AND CRIME / 24 FEB 2015

A top Guatemalan money launderer has pled guilty in a US court to drug trafficking charges and has agreed to provide authorities with information on politicians and businesses with criminal…

Colombia Land Reform Activists Face Rising Threats

ÁGUILAS NEGRAS / 24 FEB 2015

Documented threats to Colombia's human rights activists skyrocketed in 2014, pointing to efforts by shadowy interest groups to halt land restitution efforts. …

Behind Brazil’s Arrest First, Ask Later Policy

BRAZIL / 24 FEB 2015

More than 40 percent of inmates residing in Brazilian prisons are in pretrial detention, but their lives can be ruined even if they are never found guilty of any crime.

‘Mexico Violence Dropped Since El Chapo Arrest’

EL CHAPO / 23 FEB 2015

One year after the arrest of legendary drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, an increase of violence in the Sinaloa Cartel's Mexican territory hasn't happened as feared, while the ongoing question…

Colombia’s ELN Guerrillas Bought Kidnap Victims

COLOMBIA / 23 FEB 2015

Authorities in Colombia busted a kidnapping network that reportedly sold victims to rebel army the ELN, a possible indication the guerrilla group is distancing itself from this criminal activity in…

What US Participation in Peace Talks Means for Colombia

COLOMBIA / 23 FEB 2015

US participation in Colombia's peace talks raises questions about how Colombia will grapple with the tricky issue of granting FARC leaders immunity from extradition to the US, where they…

Reports of Army Human Rights Abuses Plummet in Mexico

HUMAN RIGHTS / 23 FEB 2015

Authorities in Mexico say complaints of human rights abuses perpetrated by the army decreased dramatically over two years, but a recent massacre carried out by Mexican soldiers indicates that the…

Using Data to Predict and Prevent Crime in LatAm

CHILE / 23 FEB 2015

Can Latin America see greater success in reducing urban crime and violence by emphasizing data collection and analysis? InSight Crime takes a look at three such initiatives in the region. …

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

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InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…