Archive: Nov 2017

Mexico’s Record High Kidnappings Fueled by Fractured Cartels

HOMICIDES / 30 NOV 2017

Official statistics in Mexico suggest that kidnapping cases will reach a record high this year, a consequence of the atomization of the country’s main organized crime groups. According to statistics…

Weekly InSight: Honduras Electoral Chaos and Organized Crime

HONDURAS / 30 NOV 2017

In our November 30 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos spoke with Senior Editor Mike LaSusa about the potential crime and security impacts of a hotly contested election…

Brazil Video Shows Prison Torture

BRAZIL / 30 NOV 2017

Shocking footage of Brazil prison guards torturing inmates has sparked an investigation, and serves as a stark reminder of the poor prison conditions that strengthen the country’s powerful prison gangs.

El Salvador Must ‘Bleed More’ to Force Reckoning: Barrio 18 Member

BARRIO 18 / 30 NOV 2017

Powerful statements made by a member of one of El Salvador’s most notorious gangs to the New York Times illustrate the group’s violent approach and its current war…

Winner of Honduras’ Election Will Likely Be ‘Iron Fist’ Security

HONDURAS / 29 NOV 2017

Honduras’ controversial election remains in limbo, but the results not so much. As is evident across the region in recent years, tightly contested elections or controversial presidencies lead in one…

Enforcement Shifting Human Smuggling Routes, Dangers in Mexico: Report

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 29 NOV 2017

A new report says that human smugglers in Mexico are turning to cargo trucks and less traveled routes to reach the United States, which pose a new set…

Mexico’s Michoacán a Tangle of Rivals

MEXICO / 28 NOV 2017

The decline of the Caballeros Templarios has left Michoacán at the mercy of a tangle of rivals, none of whom appear able to reassert the supremacy that previously imposed a…

Prison Massacre Charges Highlight Source of Brazil Security Crisis

BRAZIL / 27 NOV 2017

Prosecutors in Brazil have charged more than 200 inmates in connection to one of the country’s bloodiest prison massacres in recent years, as the security situation on the ground continues…

Colombia Trafficker Links Costa Rica Business, Officials to Drug Trade

COSTA RICA / 27 NOV 2017

An interview with the alleged co-ordinator of a drug trafficking network in Colombia has confirmed that transnational criminal groups operate in Costa Rica alongside local businesses and with the support…

In Caracas, 4 Children Orphaned Every Day by Violence

GENDER AND CRIME / 27 NOV 2017

Gilber Sosa Arellano will not see his daughter grow up. He will not take her for a ride on the bike he used to get to work, nor will he…

Colombia’s Peace Agreement With the FARC Survives First Year

COLOMBIA / 24 NOV 2017

A year after the signing of the FARC peace agreement, the Colombian government's efforts to end the conflict with the guerrilla group have been largely successful. But the accords have…

Weekly InSight: Why Homicides Are Down in Honduras

HOMICIDES / 16 NOV 2017

In our November 16 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime co-director Steven Dudley sat down with senior investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos to discuss why Honduras' homicide rate is dropping.

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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. …