Archive: Aug 2017

Weekly InSight: Death Squads in El Salvador, Rogue Agents or State Policy?

DRUG POLICY / 31 AUG 2017

In our August 31 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke about recent reports of alleged death squad activity involving El Salvador police.

Brazil Crime Boss Sold ‘Tons’ of Drugs From Paraguay Prison

BRAZIL / 31 AUG 2017

Brazil authorities have reportedly dismantled an international drug trafficking network that purchased tons of drugs from a Brazilian crime boss jailed in Paraguay, in the latest illustration of how…

Honduras Police Respond to InSight Crime Firearms Trafficking Investigation

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 31 AUG 2017

As congress debates new legislation regarding firearms, authorities in Honduras have publicly responded to the recent publication of an InSight Crime investigation on firearms trafficking in the country, outlining some…

New Allegations Could Edge Venezuela President Closer to Criminal Charges

ELITES AND CRIME / 31 AUG 2017

Venezuela's renegade ex-attorney general has said she has given US prosecutors evidence that personally implicates President Nicolás Maduro in criminal activities, bringing the embattled leader closer to criminal charges that…

Guatemala Court Rules President Cannot Remove Anti-Corruption Head

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 AUG 2017

Guatemala's highest court has ruled that President Jimmy Morales cannot expel the head of the country's internationally-backed anti-corruption body, halting an apparent attempt to derail an investigation into allegations…

Panama Attorney General: Elites Attempting to Interfere With Graft Probes

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 AUG 2017

Panama's attorney general has warned that political and economic elites have made threats against anti-graft prosecutors, mirroring a pattern seen in other countries in Latin America with major unfolding corruption…

Former Honduras Investment Minister Admits to Laundering Drug Money

CACHIROS / 30 AUG 2017

A former minister and member of one of the richest families in Honduras has pleaded guilty in a US court to laundering money for the once-powerful Cachiros drug trafficking group.

What Does Departure of Top US Anti-Drug Diplomat Mean for LatAm Policy?

DRUG POLICY / 30 AUG 2017

The planned resignation of the US State Department's top anti-drug official raises further questions about the future of US counternarcotics efforts in Latin America, against a backdrop of uncertainty surrounding…

Latin America Scores Poorly in New ‘Global Impunity Index’

COSTA RICA / 29 AUG 2017

Nearly every country in Latin America is struggling to combat high rates of impunity, according to a new report that analyzes structural and human rights conditions contributing to crimes…

El Salvador Hesitant to Respond to Police Death Squad Allegations

EL SALVADOR / 29 AUG 2017

The government of El Salvador has yet to provide a convincing response to allegations that senior officers of the national police created criminal networks within the institution that engaged…

The FARC’s Riches: List of Assets Fails to Reveal Guerrillas’ Total Wealth

COLOMBIA / 29 AUG 2017

Colombia's demobilized FARC have finally revealed their official list of assets -- worth hundreds of millions of dollars -- but the country's top prosecutor has already lambasted the "useless" inventory,…

How Mexican Crime Groups Profit From Illegal Fish Bladder Trade

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 28 AUG 2017

A new report has highlighted the need for authorities in Mexico to treat the trafficking of illegal fish bladders as an urgent security issue, assessing the factors fueling the illicit…

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Strategic Communications Manager Job Description

12 FEB 2021

InSight Crime is looking for a full-time strategic communications manager. This person needs to be able to work in a fast-paced world of daily news, high-profile investigations, national and international…

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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. …