Archive: Jun 2018

Weekly InSight: How Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Benefits Organized Crime

BARRIO 18 / 29 JUN 2018

In our June 28 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-Director Steve Dudley and Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos discussed how the "zero-tolerance" immigration policies of the administration of US President…

Transnational Sex Trafficking Rings Cash In on Venezuela Crisis

GENDER AND CRIME / 28 JUN 2018

Authorities in Spain and Venezuela have arrested members of two different transnational networks sexually exploiting women and girls fleeing the South American country’s political and economic crises.

Honduras Corruption Scandal Casts Doubt on Attorney General Selection

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 JUN 2018

The announcement of a graft investigation against almost 800 legislators in Honduras raises further questions about the legitimacy of the congressionally led process for selecting a new attorney general who…

UN Report Calls for New Strategies to Curb Growing Global Drug Market

COCA / 27 JUN 2018

A new report from the United Nations says global cocaine and opium production are at an all-time high, and joins other international bodies in calling for more progressive policies for…

El Salvador Police Convictions Fall Short in Curbing Abuses

EL SALVADOR / 26 JUN 2018

By sentencing four police officers involved in extrajudicial executions, authorities in El Salvador may be sending a message about their willingness to address police violence that has drawn international scrutiny,…

What Is Behind the Recent Wave of Violence in Mexico City?

MEXICO / 26 JUN 2018

The discovery of two dismembered bodies in downtown Mexico City, the most recent in a series of violent acts, contradicts official declarations denying the presence of organized crime in the…

Colombia Coca Production Hits New Record High, US Figures Say

COCA / 26 JUN 2018

US estimates of coca production in Colombia show the Andean nation has set a new record for the amount of the drug-producing crop under cultivation, confirming a trend that has…

Venezuela Prisons: Organized Crime Control Centers

PRISONS / 25 JUN 2018

For seven years under the same prison minister, organized crime groups have turned Venezuela's prisons into their own control centers. But rather than combat them, the Maduro administration has allowed…

EPL Urban Militia Sows Fear in Colombia-Venezuela Border Communities

COLOMBIA / 25 JUN 2018

The demobilization of Colombia's main guerrilla group, the FARC, has left a criminal power vacuum along the country's eastern border with Venezuela, where a war for control is now playing…

How Narcos Use World Cup Mania to Smuggle Cocaine

ARGENTINA / 22 JUN 2018

The use of World Cup merchandise to smuggle cocaine around the world points to a longstanding relationship between drug trafficking and soccer, one of the world’s most-loved sports.

Colombia Law Letting Crime Groups Surrender May Be Too Little Too Late

COLOMBIA / 22 JUN 2018

A new law in Colombia allowing for the collective surrender of criminal groups may have little success, since the country’s fragmented underworld doesn’t incentivize crime bosses to rally their people…

Could Nicaragua ‘Parapolice’ Groups Turn Criminal?

NICARAGUA / 22 JUN 2018

Armed "parapolice" groups have played a central role in the violent repression of opposition protesters in Nicaragua over the past several weeks, but it remains to be seen if these…

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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. …