Could US Anti-Violence Models Work in Latin America?
Efforts to reduce gang violence are often thought of as highly dependent on local conditions, but a recent report looks at how models that proved successful in the United States…
Murder, Drugs, God and Crypto - The Downfall of Brazil's Pharaoh of Bitcoins
For the last few weeks, the twists and turns in the case of the Pharaoh of Bitcoins have constantly made headlines.
Avocados In, Butterflies Out - How Illegal Logging is Devastating Western Mexico
Criminal groups across western Mexico have increased their control of illegal logging, silencing landowners, government officials and even entire communities to ensure near-total impunity.
Controversial Legal Reforms in Honduras Continue Country's Anti-Corruption Legacy
A package of controversial legislative reforms became law in Honduras this week, further sinking any lingering efforts to combat corruption in the country. Approved earlier in…
Mexico's Caribbean Jewel of Tulum Dealing With Rapid Rise in Violence
One of the most sought-after destinations in all of Latin America, the Caribbean resort town of Tulum is now the most violent tourist hotspot in Mexico, ahead of Tijuana and…
Chile to Dubai, a Thriving Route for Gold Traffickers
Chile has become a convenient exit point for illegal gold from the Amazon, with Dubai emerging as a consistent destination for such shipments.
El Salvador's Bitcoin Bonuses Bilked by Hackers
A month after El Salvador’s government introduced Bitcoin as a national currency, an illegal corner of the new economy has emerged: the widespread theft of the $30 deposits used as…
Phone Extortion in Mexico Continuing to Rise Despite Low Success Rate
A new report claims the success rate of phone extortion is dropping in Mexico, but the fluid nature of this crime makes it difficult to prove.
In the Riviera Maya, Cartel Extortion Schemes Know No Limits
Despite the pandemic’s economic fallout being felt throughout the Riviera Maya, cartels have continued their extortion schemes in Mexico's popular tourist destination, where their operations have grown to target everyone…
Aircraft Theft Across Latin America Continues to Fuel Drug Trade
A heist of Brazilian planes that were later discovered in Bolivia has offered a unique look into how drug planes are procured in the region.
About InSight Crime
All Eyes on Ecuador
Our coverage of organized crime in Ecuador continues to be a valuable resource for international and local news outlets. Internationally, Reuters cited our 2022 Homicide Round-Up,…
Open Position: Social Media and Engagement Strategist
InSight Crime is looking for a Social Media and Engagement Strategist who will be focused on maintaining and improving InSight Crime’s reputation and interaction with its audiences through publishing activities…
Venezuela Coverage Receives Great Reception
Several of InSight Crime’s most recent articles about Venezuela have been well received by regional media. Our article on Venezuela’s colectivos expanding beyond their political role to control access to…
InSight Crime's Chemical Precursor Report Continues
For the second week in a row, our investigation into the flow of precursor chemicals for the manufacture of synthetic drugs in Mexico has been cited by multiple regional media…
InSight Crime’s Chemical Precursor Report Widely Cited
We are proud to see that our recently published investigation into the supply chain of chemical precursors feeding Mexico’s synthetic drug production has been warmly received.