Cat Rainsford

Contraband Chinese Cigarettes Take Latin America by Storm

CHINA AND CRIME / 11 OCT 2021

Contraband Chinese cigarettes are pouring into Latin America, infiltrating old smuggling routes and threatening longstanding criminal empires.

Guyana Optimistic About Anti-Corruption Fight Although Resource Curse Looms

GUYANA / 30 SEP 2019

Guyanese citizens are optimistic about their country’s progress in the fight against corruption, although Guyana still faces major challenges to prepare itself to manage its newfound oil wealth.

The US-Mexico Border’s Eastern End: A Forgotten Criminal Enclave?

COCAINE / 12 SEP 2019

While Mexico’s drug war has left much of its frontier with the United States threatened by cartel violence, a fine-tuned criminal strategy has allowed the border’s eastern extremity to remain…

Immigration Crackdowns Drive Cuban-on-Cuban Crime in South Mexico

CUBA / 9 SEP 2019

Cubans now top the list of foreign criminals in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, with the region’s shifting migration landscape now having serious impacts on organized crime in…

Peru, Ecuador Police Divers Target Drugs Hidden on Ship Hulls

COCAINE / 3 SEP 2019

Peruvian police have busted a drug ring that used divers to attach cocaine shipments to the hulls of boats, an innovative and hard to detect smuggling technique that appears to…

Mexico Cartels Quick To Deny Making Threats Against AMLO

MEXICO / 6 AUG 2019

A series of messages from criminal groups directly threatening Mexico’s president have appeared in recent months, but the tactic appears to have backfired badly, raising questions about the intentions behind…

Airport Heist Shows Growing Audacity of Brazil’s Cargo Thieves

BRAZIL / 2 AUG 2019

Without firing a single shot, heavily-armed men disguised as police raided a São Paulo airport cargo terminal, making off with 720 kilograms of gold in two pickups while holding security…

The Criminal Ties of Maduro's New Military Chiefs in Venezuela

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 17 JUL 2019

President Nicolás Maduro has announced changes to Venezuela’s highest military positions, in a series of appointments that reward longstanding loyalty but also promote figures with records of criminal complicity and…

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InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

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InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

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Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

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Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.

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Series on Environmental Crime in the Amazon Generates Headlines

17 SEP 2021

InSight Crime and the Igarapé Institute have been delighted at the response to our joint investigation into environmental crimes in the Colombian Amazon. Coverage of our chapters dedicated to illegal mining…