Archive: Apr 2015

Can New Law Tackle Corruption in Mexico?

MEXICO / 23 APR 2015

Mexico's Senate has finally approved a long debated anti-corruption law, but serious doubts remain over whether the reforms will make little more than a cosmetic difference to the country's graft-riddled…

Honduras Gangs Behind Student Protests: Minister

HONDURAS / 22 APR 2015

Honduras' Minister of Education has claimed that local street gangs are directing ongoing students protests -- a dangerous statement, given the nation's current security situation. …

‘Colombia Customs Official Got Rich Off Contraband’

COLOMBIA / 22 APR 2015

A former top official for Colombia's customs agency reportedly increased his wealth exponentially by collaborating with smugglers, allegations that, if true, illustrate how the corruption fueling Colombia's contraband boom extends far…

New Video Appears of Hit Squad in Mine-Rich Mexico Region

ILLEGAL MINING / 22 APR 2015

A new video of a caravan of hitmen in northern Mexican offers a rare view of the fighting forces of Mexico’s criminal organizations, and may reflect the ongoing incursion of…

As Violence Rises, El Salvador Police Contradict Themselves

BARRIO 18 / 22 APR 2015

Amidst rising violence in El Salvador, a new problem has emerged: contradictory narratives from the police. …

Alleged Honduras President Assassination Plot Raises Questions

ELITES AND CRIME / 21 APR 2015

In a curious story that raises as many questions as it answers, Spanish news agency EFE is reporting that a group of Honduran, Guatemalan, Colombian and Mexican drug traffickers allegedly…

‘Tony Montana’ (of Peru) Tied to Italy’s ‘Ndrangheta Mafia

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 21 APR 2015

A judge in Peru has ordered the preliminary detention of a suspect who allegedly helped the mafia in Italy traffic cocaine to Europe, demonstrating how growing ties between Latin America…

Buenos Aires Police Torture Cases Indicate Institutional Problem

ARGENTINA / 21 APR 2015

Argentina's Buenos Aires province registered over 1,000 complaints of torture perpetrated by security forces in 2014, suggesting that abuses are a widespread problem in this part of the country, which…

Can Panama Shed Money Laundering Notoriety?

MONEY LAUNDERING / 21 APR 2015

Panama's legislation is designed to remove the country's notoriety as a regional money laundering hub. But there are powerful reasons to believe this Central American nation will remain a popular…

75% of Killings of Environmentalists Occur in LatAm: Report

BRAZIL / 21 APR 2015

Over 75 percent of all environmentalists killed in 2014 were from either Central or South America, according to a new report, illustrating the high level of danger facing land activists…

Venezuela Identifies Most Violent Municipalities

HOMICIDES / 20 APR 2015

A leaked report offers a rare, albeit incomplete glimpse at the Venezuelan government's official homicide data, with levels now among some of the highest in the world, something which the…

Mexico Captures Alleged Head of Once Mighty Juarez Cartel

JUAREZ CARTEL / 20 APR 2015

Authorities have captured the alleged head of the Juarez Cartel, once one of Mexico's most powerful drug trafficking organizations that has since declined into a minor player in the country's…

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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…