Maria Luisa Valencia

Weapons Trafficking Rife on Mexico's Social Media

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 12 OCT 2021

Arms trafficking in Mexico has turned to digital mediums that offer both broad visibility and anonymity to an ever-increasing flow of weapons into the country.

Microfinance Programs Fight Back Against Loan Sharks in Colombia

COLOMBIA / 26 NOV 2020

A local government in Colombia is offering small, low interest loans to people struggling to make ends meet in the coronavirus pandemic, to help steer them away from one of…

Salvatore Ponzo and the Italian Mafia's Infiltration of Costa Rica

COCAINE / 6 OCT 2020

The photos in the Costa Rican press showed Salvatore Ponzo, the Italian fruit exporter, with a neatly trimmed beard and polite smile, wearing polo shirts and baseball caps emblazoned with…

3 secretos sucios revelados por las ‘negociaciones’ con pandillas en El Salvador

BARRIO 18 / 4 SEP 2020

El grupo de medios de El Faro informó que el gobierno de El Salvador está “negociando” con las pandillas callejeras para mantener bajas las tasas de homicidios, lo que puede…

What Lockdown? World’s Cocaine Traffickers Sniff at Movement Restrictions

COCAINE / 26 MAY 2020

As a wave of coronavirus infections hit Italy in late March, Rocco Molè, a member of the country’s ’Ndrangheta organized crime group, was faced with a dilemma.As a wave of…

El Salvador’s Black Widows - Female Leadership in MS13

EL SALVADOR / 25 MAR 2020

An MS13 linked gang in El Salvador known as the Black Widows has been convicted of forcing women to marry men and then killing their new husbands as part of a complex…

Telmo Castro - The Sinaloa Cartel's Man in Ecuador

ECUADOR / 5 FEB 2020

For Ecuador, the death of one of the country’s most notorious homegrown drug traffickers was the end of an era. But for his Mexican bosses, Telmo Castro’s demise will do…

Treasure, Corruption and Legal Machinations - Gerald's Legacy in Ecuador

COCAINE / 22 NOV 2019

Gerald’s rise to becoming one of the most notorious drug traffickers Ecuador has produced to date was meteoric. But his fall has been just as dramatic, exposing not only the…

Culiacán Shambles Exposes Lack of Any Security Plan for Mexico

EL CHAPO / 25 OCT 2019

Amid a wave of national and international criticism for his handling of the Culiacán meltdown last week, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador faces the toughest public security test of…

Prostitution Ring Highlights Vulnerability of Colombia Indigenous Communities

COLOMBIA / 9 AUG 2019

Colombia’s authorities have broken up a prostitution ring exploiting indigenous minors in the Amazonas department, the second human trafficking ring arrested this year in the region.

Cartel Extortion Getting Worse for Businesses in Mexico City

EXTORTION / 20 MAY 2019

Petty extortion has plagued business in Mexico City for years, but the recent killing of a local community leader angry at authorities’ inaction underscores the growing brazenness of such criminal…

Narco-Bling: El Chapo’s Wife Opens Fashion Line

EL CHAPO / 4 APR 2019

The wife of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias "El Chapo," has launched a new fashion brand in the United States bearing his name, marking the latest attempt by families of drug…

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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…

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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…