Archive: Apr 2017

Record Killings of Rio Police Are Part of Institutional Failure

BRAZIL / 11 APR 2017

A record number of police have been killed in Brazil's state of Rio de Janeiro so far in 2017, in a seeming illustration of the police's poor training and…

Fmr Trinidad & Tobago Minister Latest to Call for State of Emergency

CARIBBEAN / 11 APR 2017

A former minister in Trinidad and Tobago has called for a state of emergency to address rising crime that's "strangling the lifeline of the country," becoming the latest elite to…

Colombia Drug Lord Freed After Surprise Rulings

COLOMBIA / 11 APR 2017

The leader of "Los Puntilleros," one of Colombia's most powerful criminals, has been released after a series of surprising judicial decisions, and will await further legal actions outside prison despite the…

Mexico’s Recent Rise in Violence at Center of New Report

MEXICO / 11 APR 2017

A new report from a leading think tank provides a snapshot of Mexico's security struggles, exploring the long-term trends and immediate causes of 2016's surge in bloodshed.

Video of Armed Inmates Shows Conditions in Panama Prisons

HUMAN RIGHTS / 10 APR 2017

A video recorded in a Panama prison showing inmates holding weapons casts new doubts on the state of the country's prison system.

Mexico Ex-Governor Captured as PRI Tries to Clean Up Before Elections

ELITES AND CRIME / 10 APR 2017

A former Mexican governor accused of ties with organized crime has been captured in Italy, a sign that Mexico's ruling PRI party could be trying to clean up its act…

Latin America Again Dominates World’s 50 Deadliest Cities Ranking

BRAZIL / 7 APR 2017

Venezuela's capital Caracas has been ranked as the world's deadliest city for a second year in a row, while Latin America still dominates the annual list with 43 of the…

Colombia’s Multibillion-Dollar Corruption Problem Could Impact Peace Deal

COLOMBIA / 7 APR 2017

As Colombia works towards implementing an ambitious peace deal and fighting new and old criminal groups, extreme levels of corruption within its own government are an often overlooked but crucial…

Peru Mayor’s Arrest Spotlights Ties Between Crime, Local Politics

ELITES AND CRIME / 7 APR 2017

A Peruvian mayor has been arrested during an operation to dismantle a large criminal organization, providing new evidence of the close ties between politics and crime in the country.

How Guatemala’s Top Metal Company Avoided Millions in Taxes

ELITES AND CRIME / 7 APR 2017

Guatemala's biggest metallurgic company reportedly set up a complex scheme involving front companies, corrupt officials and fake documentation to evade taxes for years, a blueprint for defrauding the state in…

Corruption Case Dampens Diplomatic Victory of Mexico Kingpin’s Sentencing in US

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 6 APR 2017

A former leader of Mexico's Beltrán Leyva Organization was sentenced to life in prison in a US court, but this diplomatic victory was quickly overshadowed by allegations that a Mexican police…

Nearly All Crimes in Guatemala Go Unpunished: CICIG

ELITES AND CRIME / 6 APR 2017

Only 3 percent of crimes in Guatemala are punished, according to the head of an international anti-corruption body, a statistic that serves as a reminder of the importance of enacting…

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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…