Archive: Feb 2015

HSBC’s Latin American Clients with Swiss Bank Accounts

ARGENTINA / 10 FEB 2015

Latin America has a ways to go towards greater financial transparency, as indicated in a recent data dump that tracked private HSBC bank accounts in Switzerland -- and the wealth…

Catholic Church Appears Split on El Salvador Gang Truce

EL SALVADOR / 10 FEB 2015

Contradicting statements by two high-ranking clergy members illustrate an apparent rift in the Catholic Church about whether to support El Salvador's latest possible gang truce.

Wanted: Police Willing to Go to War in El Salvador

BARRIO 18 / 10 FEB 2015

In the first 15 days of 2015, police were killed in El Salvador at a rate five times higher than during 2014. In response, the government said officers could shoot…

Disappearances Double in Mexico: Report

HUMAN RIGHTS / 9 FEB 2015

The rate of reported disappearances in Mexico during President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration has more than doubled since he took office, raising questions about the security achievements trumpeted by the president, as…

Paraguay Military Captain Arrested for Drug Trafficking

PARAGUAY / 9 FEB 2015

Police in Paraguay have arrested an army captain on charges of running a transnational drug trafficking ring, highlighting the extent of drug trade penetration in state institutions.

Venezuela’s Most Wanted Govt Officials, Past and Present

ELITES AND CRIME / 9 FEB 2015

In light of recent allegations against Venezuela’s second-in-command made by a defector to the United States, InSight Crime profiles the most prominent former and current Venezuelan government officials either indicted…

Net Tightens Around Urabeños Leader in Colombia

COLOMBIA / 6 FEB 2015

Police in Colombia have captured the romantic partner of Urabeños boss Dario Antonio Usuga, alias "Otoniel," signaling authorities may be closing in on the head of the country's principal criminal organization…

Petrobras Corruption Scandal Threatens Brazil’s Political Elite

BRAZIL / 6 FEB 2015

Police in Brazil are questioning the treasurer of the ruling Workers' Party over the Petrobras corruption case, as the scandal continues to edge ever closer to the country's political elite.

The Anatomy of a Colombia Prison Extortion Call

COLOMBIA / 6 FEB 2015

Over 400 cases of extortion were perpetrated by prisoners last year in Colombia, reflecting the ease with which this crime can be carried out from within the country's prisons using…

Rio de Janeiro’s Stray Bullet Problem Resurges

BRAZIL / 6 FEB 2015

There are several reasons why more people are getting hit by stray bullets in Rio de Janeiro, a troubling phenomenon that's indicative of challenges involving the city's pacification strategy.

Peru Forgers Cashing in on Venezuela’s Dollar Demand

COUNTERFEIT / 6 FEB 2015

Police in Peru have reported that seizures of counterfeit dollars in 2014 were twice as high as the previous year, a pattern likely driven by the demand for fake dollars…

Report Highlights Financial Cost of Insecurity in LatAm

CARIBBEAN / 5 FEB 2015

A new report on the financial cost of insecurity and criminality throughout the world highlights the vicious cycle of violence and economic trouble afflicting many countries, while also highlighting possible…

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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…