Archive: Jan 2018

Why Trump is Wrong to Blame Migration for MS13 Expansion, Violence

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 31 JAN 2018

President Donald Trump used his first State of the Union Address to blame the expansion and violence of the MS13 gang in the US on the "deadly loopholes" in the…

Arrests Again Point to Paraguay President’s Contraband Cigarettes

BRAZIL / 31 JAN 2018

Cigarettes manufactured by a firm belonging to the family of Paraguay's president have once again been seized after being smuggled across the border into Brazil, firmly pointing towards the…

Mexican Cartels in Colombia: Setting Up Shop or Seeking New Partners?

COLOMBIA / 31 JAN 2018

Colombian authorities have reported that Mexican cartels are attempting to establish themselves in the South American country. However, the presence of suspected cartel members in Colombia is more likely an…

3 (Other) Reasons Why Drug Traffickers Might Be Turning to ‘Mules’ in Argentina

ARGENTINA / 30 JAN 2018

Authorities in Argentina say increased vigilance and enforcement has caused a spike in the use of so-called “mules” to transport drugs to the country, but there are other possible explanations.

ELN Peace Talks Unraveling as Post-Ceasefire Violence Continues

COLOMBIA / 30 JAN 2018

In a sign of waning confidence in the negotiations that could lead to their unraveling, Colombia’s government has suspended peace talks with the country’s largest active guerrilla group and plans…

Car Bomb a Hint that Colombia’s Guerrilla Tactics Spreading to Ecuador

COLOMBIA / 30 JAN 2018

Authorities are blaming FARC dissidents for a car bomb near the Colombia-Ecuador border, a sign that former rebels may be looking to expand their presence in this porous border…

Shifting Criminal Dynamics Signal Violent Future for Colombia-Venezuela Border

COLECTIVOS / 29 JAN 2018

Venezuela’s continued spiral into economic, political and social crisis and the demobilization of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group have shifted criminal dynamics on the Colombia-Venezuela border, transforming the region into…

Massacre in Northern Brazil Points to PCC’s Continued Expansion

BRAZIL / 29 JAN 2018

A criminal group allied with Brazil’s First Capital Command was allegedly behind the massacre of more than a dozen people in a strategic area of northern Brazil, suggesting the…

Study: 2017 Was Deadliest Year in Mexico for Homicides Linked to Organized Crime

HOMICIDES / 26 JAN 2018

Organized crime-related homicides reached a record high in Mexico in 2017, according to a recent study which compares government statistics with documented executions carried out by criminal groups, depicting the…

Corruption and Impunity Allegations Seed Doubts for Second Term of Honduras President

HONDURAS / 26 JAN 2018

New corruption and impunity allegations emerging on the eve of the inauguration of Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández have cast doubt over his supposed security successes and set a deeply…

Weekly InSight: GameChangers in Latin America Organized Crime in 2017

BRAZIL / 26 JAN 2018

In our January 25 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-Director Jeremy McDermott and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed our annual GameChangers series, covering the most important recent trends in organized…

Brazil Ex-President’s Conviction Upheld, But System Still Favors Elites

BRAZIL / 25 JAN 2018

An appeals court in Brazil has upheld the conviction on corruption charges of former President Luis Inácio “Lula” da Silva. Supporters of the still-popular leftist icon are sure to…

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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…

ANALYSIS

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. …