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Guatemala Mayor's Brother Tied to Major El Salvador Cocaine Seizure

COCAINE / 5 JUN 2017

Authorities in El Salvador have intercepted a cocaine shipment with alleged ties to political elites in Guatemala, further indicating how corruption and political protection are helping to fuel drug…

Illegal Gold Mining in Costa Rica Suggests Diversifying Criminal Landscape

COSTA RICA / 24 MAY 2017

Recent reports suggest illegal gold mining and the associated trafficking of mercury are increasing in Costa Rica, providing evidence that organized crime groups in the country may be diversifying…

Conflict, Violence Continue to Drive Displacement in Latin America: Report

COLOMBIA / 23 MAY 2017

A newly released annual report on global internal displacement again highlights how crime and violence contribute to displacement and migration in Latin America, with Colombia ranking as the country…

Mexico Ex-Governor's Extradition Overshadows Other Important Cases

ELITES AND CRIME / 17 MAY 2017

The extradition to the United States of Tomás Yarrington, a former Mexico governor whose name has become synonymous with corruption and narco politics, could now be imminent. But other…

Inter-American Court Sanctions Brazil over Police Violence for First Time

BRAZIL / 16 MAY 2017

A recent ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) marks the first time the court has condemned Brazil for police violence, in a decades-old case that highlights…

Paraguay Police Took Bribes From Marijuana Producers: Audio Recording

MARIJUANA / 15 MAY 2017

A network of corrupt police officials allegedly involved in a major bribery scheme in Paraguay has been dismantled, further indicating the negative effects that the country's booming marijuana industry…

'La Patrona' Escape From Guatemala Prison Spotlights Institutional Corruption

ELITES AND CRIME / 12 MAY 2017

A former mayoral candidate turned criminal leader in Guatemala has escaped from one of the country's detention centers, further illustrating how corrupt institutions undermine the pursuit of justice and…

US Anti-Gang Operation Shows Complexity of Criminal Landscape

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 12 MAY 2017

A six-week anti-gang operation headed by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led to more than 1,300 arrests nationwide. But a breakdown of suspects' alleged affiliations suggests that recent…

Basic Trafficker Technology Trumps Hi-Tech Authorities

COLOMBIA / 11 MAY 2017

Despite the use of advanced technology by authorities to combat drug smuggling to the United States, organized crime groups in Latin America are still using basic technology to elude…

How Will Cuts in US Aid Impact the Northern Triangle?

EL SALVADOR / 11 MAY 2017

US aid funding for Central America will be reduced in 2017. And while news reports have largely focused on the difference in the overall amount to be allocated, there's…

Weekly InSight: Special Investigation of Homicides in Guatemala

GUATEMALA / 4 MAY 2017

In our May 4 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley spoke with Senior Edior Mike LaSusa about InSight Crime's most recent special investigation on homicides in Guatemala. Dudley…

Proposed Anti-Gang Law in Guatemala Another Flawed 'Iron Fist' Policy?

BARRIO 18 / 3 MAY 2017

Legislators in Guatemala have proposed a new bill aimed at attacking the country's gangs by increasing fines and prison sentences for gang members. But how the draft law will…

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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…

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Exploring Climate Change and Organized Crime

10 SEP 2021

In July, InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley moderated a panel for the Climate Reality Project's regional series of workshops for young climate activists in the Americas. The week-long event…

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Gearing Up a New Class of Interns

3 SEP 2021

InSight Crime is readying its newest class of interns – from universities in Europe and the Americas – to begin investigative work on a number of high-impact projects. For the…

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Tracking Environmental Crime in the Amazon

27 AUG 2021

Next week, InSight Crime launches an investigation – conducted with Brazilian think-tank the Igarapé Institute – on the sophisticated organized crime structures and armed groups that…