Archive: Aug 2020

Governor In, Governor Out – All Normal in Rio de Janeiro

BRAZIL / 31 AUG 2020

Rio de Janeiro’s Governor Wilson Witzel has been suspended for allegedly running a corruption scheme that not only may have defrauded the state at the height of its coronavirus response…

How Colombia’s Lockdown Created Ideal Conditions for Child Recruitment

COLOMBIA / 28 AUG 2020

The systematic recruiting of minors continues to be a favorite strategy for non-state armed actors in Colombia to bolster their numbers, with the country’s Registry of Victims (Registro Único de…

Netflix’s ‘Immigration Nation’ – How Criminals and Companies Exploit Migration

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 28 AUG 2020

Released in August, the six-part Netflix documentary “Immigration Nation” goes behind the scenes of immigration policies and enforcement under the administration of US President Donald Trump.

MS13 East Coast Violence Fails to Consolidate Gang’s US Presence

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 27 AUG 2020

The recent arrests of MS13 gang members in El Salvador accused of committing brutal murders in US East Coast states have, once again, raised alarms that the street gang’s leadership…

More Than Drug Trafficking Drives Violence in Colombia’s Nariño

COLOMBIA / 26 AUG 2020

The Colombian government has blamed drug trafficking for three massacres in the south of the country, but violence in the region is likely spurred by armed groups, who sow terror…

Fugitive’s Return Promises New Graft Revelations in Guatemala

ELITES AND CRIME / 26 AUG 2020

A Guatemala political operator accused of taking millions in bribes has surrendered after four years as a fugitive and is set to face a series of trials in which his…

Corruption Charges at Venezuela’s US Oil Subsidiary Fuel Tensions

ELITES AND CRIME / 25 AUG 2020

Both Venezuela and the United States are advancing legal cases against former officials from Citgo, a subsidiary of Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA, signaling that longstanding accusations of corruption at…

Corruption Cries Mount Over Pandemic Spending in El Salvador

COVID AND CRIME / 25 AUG 2020

On August 9, the website on which the El Salvador government publishes all of the country's contract expenditures suddenly went dark. The shutdown came amid allegations of corruption by the administration…

Arrests, Seizures Show Colombians Processing Cocaine in Europe

COCAINE / 24 AUG 2020

Authorities in the Netherlands are discovering more cocaine processing facilities, but the dismantling of the largest one to date, staffed by Colombian workers, marks a new chapter for the country.

Rotela Clan

PARAGUAY GROUPS / AUGUST 23, 2020

Rotela Clan is a criminal group run by the Rotela family in Paraguay. It was originally specialized in the microtrafficking of crack in poorer neighborhoods of Asunción and Concepción, but has…

Mexico City Fentanyl Seizures May Point to Shifting Trafficking Trends

COVID AND CRIME / 21 AUG 2020

Authorities in Mexico have recently seized large quantities of fentanyl and precursor chemicals used to make the synthetic drug at the international airport in the capital, raising questions as to…

Chile’s Gangs Embrace Wild ‘Narco-Funerals’

CHILE / 20 AUG 2020

Chile’s struggle to contain riotous burials for alleged gang members raises questions about why this practice is commonplace in a country that has not traditionally seen the funerary excesses associated…

Institutional Content

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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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4 FEB 2021

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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. …