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Honduras Supreme Court Throws Out Historic Anti-Corruption Conviction

ELITES AND CRIME / 18 MAR 2020

The Supreme Court of Honduras has thrown out an historic anti-corruption conviction against a former first lady, laying bare the uphill battle the Central American nation still faces after the…

Has Panama Kicked Its Money Laundering Habit?

MONEY LAUNDERING / 10 MAR 2020

A new report says that Panama remains a nation of “particular concern” when it comes to financial secrecy and money laundering, suggesting that the Central American nation hasn’t quite kicked…

US Alleges Honduras Drug Lab Operated with Presidential Protection

ELITES AND CRIME / 4 MAR 2020

Authorities in the United States allege that a recently arrested drug trafficker in Honduras relied on protection from President Juan Orlando Hernández and his brother Tony to manufacture hundreds of…

PCC Suspected in Journalist's Killing on Brazil-Paraguay Border

BRAZIL / 24 FEB 2020

Armed men shot and killed a Brazilian journalist who covered police and drug trafficking along the Brazil-Paraguay border, underscoring the precarious situation for reporters in a lawless region dominated by…

Freeing of MS13 Leader in Honduras Raises More Questions Than Answers

HONDURAS / 21 FEB 2020

A tactical military-style operation allegedly carried out by suspected gang members succeeded in freeing a high-profile MS13 leader jailed in Honduras, but serious questions remain about who may have been…

Political Kidnappings Persist Unchecked in Nicaragua

ELITES AND CRIME / 19 FEB 2020

Political kidnappings carried out by pro-government paramilitary groups are going unreported by officials in Nicaragua, underscoring yet another way that President Daniel Ortega is working to mask growing insecurity and…

Impunity Persists in Murder Cases of Mexico’s Indigenous Leaders

HUMAN RIGHTS / 14 FEB 2020

Despite increasingly coming under fire, a new report says that authorities in Mexico are failing to protect Indigenous human rights leaders defending the environment from armed groups and exploitation, underscoring…

Canary Islands Convenient Haven for Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering

COCAINE / 10 FEB 2020

An international drug trafficking network used an often-overlooked set of Spanish islands as a crucial thoroughfare along a key drug transit route for traffickers to capture the European market.

Lift on Panama Firearms Import Ban May Backfire Amid Homicide Spike

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 31 JAN 2020

Authorities in Panama have ended a nearly decade-long ban on the importation of firearms into the country, a move that could end up benefiting traffickers and corrupt officials at a…

InSight Crime’s 2019 Homicide Round-Up

ARGENTINA / 28 JAN 2020

Unrest gripped much of Latin America and the Caribbean throughout 2019. From record violence in Mexico that recalled the darkest days of the drug war, to…

Are El Salvador’s Gangs Behind Historic Murder Drop?

BARRIO 18 / 20 JAN 2020

El Salvador has ended 2019 with its lowest murder rate in years. But though the government has taken credit for the drop, there are likely multiple factors at play.

GameChangers 2019: Mexico’s Body Count Soars as AMLO Out of Ideas

FEATURED / 16 JAN 2020

It was always going to be a thankless task. When President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office in December of 2018, Mexico was undergoing the most violent year in its…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Unraveling the Web of Elites Connected to Organized Crime

27 JUL 2021

InSight Crime published Elites and Organized Crime in Nicaragua, a deep dive into the relationships between criminal actors and elites in that Central American nation.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime’s Greater Focus on US-Mexico Border

20 JUL 2021

InSight Crime has decided to turn many of its investigative resources towards understanding and chronicling the criminal dynamics along the US-Mexico border.

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Key Arrests and Police Budget Increases Due to InSight Crime Investigations

8 JUL 2021

With Memo Fantasma’s arrest, InSight Crime has proven that our investigations can and will uncover major criminal threats in the Americas.

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Organized Crime’s Influence on Gender-Based Violence

30 JUN 2021

InSight Crime investigator Laura N. Ávila spoke on organized crime and gender-based violence at the launch of a research project by the United Nations Development Programme.

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Conversation with Paraguay Judicial Operators on PCC

24 JUN 2021

InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley formed part of a panel attended by over 500 students, all of whom work in Paraguay's judicial system.