Archive: May 2018

US Funding for Abusive El Salvador Police Casts Doubt on Vetting

BARRIO 18 / 31 MAY 2018

A new report says that the United States funded an elite unit of El Salvador’s national police that committed egregious abuses of force including extrajudicial killings, underscoring flaws in the…

In El Salvador, a Thin Line Between Community Policing and Vigilantism

BARRIO 18 / 31 MAY 2018

Authorities in El Salvador are keen to expand a much-praised local policing model believed to have helped two rural communities tackle bloody gang control. But a visit to the areas…

Honduras' Congress Mounts Legal Attack Against Anti-Graft Body

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 MAY 2018

Lawmakers in Honduras are backing a legal attack aimed at undermining the country’s internationally-supported anti-corruption body by declaring its creation unconstitutional, a move that could derail ongoing anti-graft probes.

Drugs, Corruption Quietly Funding Mexico Political Campaigns: Report

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 MAY 2018

A new report details how lax campaign finance laws in Mexico contribute to criminal influence in the political system, a phenomenon seen elsewhere throughout Latin America that has allowed criminal…

Argentina Security Minister: ‘Our Model Is 80% Intel, 20% Chance’

ARGENTINA / 30 MAY 2018

The myriad strategies used to combat organized crime need government officials to implement them and “sell” them to the public, and Argentina Security Minister Patricia Bullrich is undoubtedly an expert…

As Peace Talks Flail, Colombia's ELN Seeks 'Liberation or Death'

COLOMBIA / 29 MAY 2018

Peace negotiations between Colombia's government and the ELN rebel group have reached their most precarious moment since they began. InSight Crime spoke with ELN members and residents of communities where…

Guatemala's First Coca Farm Signals Expansion of CentAm 'Experiments'

COCA / 29 MAY 2018

The first-of-its-kind discovery of a coca farm in Guatemala may be a sign that drug trafficking groups looking to cut risks and transport costs could be expanding experiments growing drug…

US Rep. Norma Torres: ‘We Want to Really Understand Who's Corrupt’

EL SALVADOR / 29 MAY 2018

Few have followed the anti-graft fight in Central America’s Northern Triangle region as closely as Guatemala-born US Congresswoman Norma Torres, whose recent legislative amendment seeks to end corruption and other…

US Congress Approves Continued Monitoring of Central America Graft

EL SALVADOR / 28 MAY 2018

On May 24, the US House of Representatives approved an amendment to strengthen anti-graft measures in Central America, the latest in a string of political messages to officials investigated for…

Mexico Authorities Close In on CJNG With Arrest of Leader's Wife

JALISCO CARTEL / 28 MAY 2018

Authorities in Mexico have arrested the wife of the leader of the CJNG on charges she helped the group manage its dirty money, a potentially significant setback for the country’s…

How to Leave MS13 Alive

EL SALVADOR / 28 MAY 2018

Ernesto Deras cannot explain why he got up from his seat, approached the front of a church in the Panorama City neighborhood of Los Angeles, and started crying uncontrollably.

Implementation of Mexico Anti-Graft Reform Still Elusive

JUDICIAL REFORM / 28 MAY 2018

A new report claims that sweeping legal reforms approved in 2016 could be the answer to Mexico’s deep-seated corruption, but the country’s poor record when it comes to implementing its…

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Conversation with Paraguay Judicial Operators on PCC

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Combating Environmental Crime in Colombia

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InSight Crime presented findings from an investigation into the main criminal activities fueling environmental destruction in Colombia.