The Colombo-Venezuelan Guerrillas: How Colombia’s War Migrated to Venezuela

INVESTIGATIONS / 3 OCT 2022

For twenty years, Venezuela was a refuge for Colombia’s Marxist guerrillas, a place where they could hide out from the military, run criminal economies, and carry out political work with…

Pablito’s Plan: Rise of the ELN in Venezuela

INVESTIGATIONS / 3 OCT 2022

One of the ELN's most infamous leader, alias Pablito, has been crucial in helping the Colombian guerrilla group move its operations to Venezuela.

NEWS

Mexico Reliant on Army to Fight Crime Despite Human Rights Abuses

AYOTZINAPA / 6 OCT 2022

Mexico's army is being given more public security responsibilities, despite its human rights abuses.

NEWS

US-El Salvador Tensions Rise With Extradition of Top MS13 Leader Blocked For Now

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 6 OCT 2022

El Salvador will hold off on extraditing a top MS13 gang leader to the United States to face terrorism charges.

NEWS

Desperation in the Desert: The Industrialization of Migrant Smuggling on the US-Mexico Border

FEATURED / 5 OCT 2022

Along the US-Mexico border, a booming migrant smuggling industry is closely monitored by organized crime groups.

NEWS

Military Arsenals Provide Convenient Source of Weapons for Latin American Gangs

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 4 OCT 2022

Corruption, no supervision, and poor legislation have led to Latin American military weapons ending up in criminal hands.

NEWS

High-Profile Venezuela-US Prisoner Swap Comes at Opportune Moment

ELITES AND CRIME / 4 OCT 2022

A high-profile prisoner swap raises hopes of improving US-Venezuela relations and abilities to tackle organized crime.

NEWS

Colombo-Venezuelan Guerrillas Pose Challenge for Colombia’s 'Total Peace': InSight Crime Panel

COLOMBIA / 3 OCT 2022

A panel hosted by InSight Crime discussed the implications of the ELN and ex-FARC Mafia becoming binational guerrillas.

NEWS

Extortion in Northern Triangle Worth Over $1 Billion Annually: Report

EL SALVADOR / 3 OCT 2022

Extortion in the Northern Triangle is predominantly done from prisons, yet prison populations have been on the rise.

NEWS

Outgoing Mexico Governor To Lose Immunity From Long-Pending Arrest Warrant

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 SEP 2022

Outgoing governor of Tamaulipas, Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca, is about to lose immunity from an arrest warrant.

NEWS

Capture of Monos’ Young Blood Shows Criminal Lineage of Argentina’s Premier Gang

ARGENTINA / 30 SEP 2022

The capture of a young member of the Cantero family, leaders of the Monos, underlines their persistence in Argentina.

NEWS

Uruguay Passport Scandals Force Reckoning About Government Corruption

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 SEP 2022

A number of scandals involving officials within the government have raised concerns about rising corruption in Uruguay.

Featured Reporting and Analysis

While now comfortably established in two countries, the ELN have a chance to return to the negotiating table, according to President Gustavo Petro's "Total Peace" plan.

COLOMBIA / 3 OCT 2022

Colombia's region of Catatumbo and Venezuela's state of Zulia jointly form one of the world's busiest cocaine corridors.

COCAINE / 3 OCT 2022

Along the US-Mexico border, a booming migrant smuggling industry is closely monitored by organized crime groups.

FEATURED / 5 OCT 2022

Colombian rebels had long been welcome in Venezuela but now, they have arrived in force, bringing conflict with them.

COLOMBIA / 3 OCT 2022

One of the ELN's most infamous leader, alias Pablito, has been crucial in helping the Colombian guerrilla group move its operations to Venezuela.

COLOMBIA / 3 OCT 2022

Colombian guerrillas evolved from seeing Venezuela as a safe place to retreat to seeing it as a full-blown expansion of their criminal activities.

COLOMBIA / 3 OCT 2022

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Pachenca

COLOMBIA / 20 OCT 2021

The Pachenca, also known as the Conquering Self-Defense Forces of the Sierra (Autodefensas Conquistadores de la Sierra), emerged following the demobilization of paramilitary blocs along Colombia’s Caribbean Coast.

Jimmy Chérizier, alias 'Barbecue'

CARIBBEAN / 19 AUG 2021

Former police officer Jimmy Chérizier, alias "Barbecue," is one of Haiti’s most prolific gang leaders.

G9 and Family

CARIBBEAN / 8 JUL 2021

The G9 is a federation of the strongest gangs in Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, founded in 2020 by Jimmy Chérizier, alias "Barbecue."…

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Extensive Coverage of our Chronicles of a Cartel Bodyguard

23 SEP 2022

Our recent investigation, A Cartel Bodyguard in Mexico’s 'Hot Land', has received extensive media coverage.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime, American University Host Illegal Fishing Panel

19 SEP 2022

InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University discussed the findings of a joint investigation on IUU fishing at a September 9 conference.

THE ORGANIZATION

Impact on the Media Landscape

9 SEP 2022

InSight Crime’s first investigation on the Dominican Republic made an immediate impact on the Dominican media landscape, with major news outlets republishing and reprinting our findings, including in …

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Sharpens Its Skills

2 SEP 2022

Last week, the InSight Crime team gathered for our annual retreat in Colombia, where we discussed our vision and strategy for the next 12 months.  During the week, we also learned how to…

THE ORGANIZATION

Colombia’s Fragile Path to Peace Begins to Take Shape

26 AUG 2022

InSight Crime is charting the progress of President Gustavo Petro’s agenda as he looks to revolutionize Colombia’s security policy, opening dialogue with guerrillas, reforming the military and police, and…