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Shrimp Gangs Rob, Extort, Kill in Ecuador

ECUADOR / 2 JAN 2021

The persistent robbery, extortion, assault and even murder of shrimp farm workers by armed gangs in Ecuador has led the shrimp sector to once more demand gun reforms, in a…

Brazil Hits Enter on Digital Piracy Crackdown

BRAZIL / 1 DEC 2020

Brazilian authorities have launched a nationwide operation against digital piracy in conjunction with US and UK law enforcement, the country’s most recent attempt at tackling what has become a widespread,…

COVID-19: Gangs, Statemaking, Threats and Opportunities

BRAZIL / 7 OCT 2020

It was March 2020, not long after fear of the coronavirus began spreading across the Americas, when several major criminal groups started employing their own form of a lockdown.

'We Ruled' - Excerpt from MS-13: The Making of America's Most Notorious Gang

EL SALVADOR / 25 SEP 2020

Alma* arrived in Texas like so many others had and would in the years to come: on her own. She had just turned fourteen, and she was one of many…

El Salvador President Gains Most From Prosecution of Rivals

BARRIO 18 / 17 FEB 2020

The evidence used to indict several high-ranking politicians in El Salvador for negotiating with gangs has been around for years, raising questions about why prosecutors are bringing the cases now,…

Bolivia Coca Growers Fight for Control of Legal Production

BOLIVIA / 13 AUG 2019

Violent tensions are flaring in Bolivia's capital between hostile factions of one of the country's coca growers’ unions, escalating a long-simmering conflict for control of legal coca production in the…

Netflix’s Triple Frontier: Oscar Winner of Narco-Exploitation Movies

ARGENTINA / 21 MAR 2019

With a script that makes little sense and drug-related elements force-fed into the narrative, Triple Frontier appears nothing more than an action-packed movie trying to surf on the wave of…

InSight Crime Podcast | The Presidents' Judge

COLOMBIA / 18 SEP 2018

If you ever met the Colombian judge Ivan Velasquez, you would not think he is the giant-slayer that he is.

Ex-FARC Mafia: The New Player in Colombian Organized Crime

COLOMBIA / 9 MAR 2018

The Marxist rebel army of the FARC is gone, disbanded and reborn as a political party. But the ex-FARC mafia is just coming into being. And it is poised to…

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Apure Investigation Makes Headlines

22 OCT 2021

InSight Crime’s investigation into the battle for the Venezuelan border state of Apure resonated in both Colombian and Venezuelan media. A dozen outlets picked up the report, including Venezuela’s…

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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.