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Record Killings of Rio Police Are Part of Institutional Failure

BRAZIL / 11 APR 2017

A record number of police have been killed in Brazil's state of Rio de Janeiro so far in 2017, in a seeming illustration of the police's poor training and…

Brazil Crime Groups Expanding Oil Theft Operations

BRAZIL / 5 APR 2017

Prosecutors say a dismantled criminal network operating near Rio de Janeiro stole 14 million liters (3.5 million gallons) of fuel in 2016, suggesting that Brazilian crime groups are diversifying…

Can Meetings Between Priests and Criminals Help Reduce Violence in Mexico?

MEXICO / 3 APR 2017

Recent meetings between a bishop and criminal groups in Mexico are seeking a solution to violence against religious leaders. However, it remains to be seen if the Catholic Church…

What Do MS13 Gang Members Think About Trump?

EL SALVADOR / 31 MAR 2017

US President Donald Trump has said he will "finish" the MS13, whose members he has described as "murderers and rapists." InSight Crime asked some gang members to respond. …

Governments Must Go After the Money to Combat Transnational Crime: Report

ELITES AND CRIME / 28 MAR 2017

A new report estimates that transnational crime in the developing world may be a multi-trillion dollar annual business, generating huge illicit financial flows that should be investigated and disrupted…

US Again Warns Central America over Attacks on Prosecutors, CICIG

EL SALVADOR / 23 MAR 2017

A US senator has warned Guatemala that aid funding could be put in jeopardy if the Central American country's president, Jimmy Morales, insists on calling for the removal of…

Colombian Cocaine Seizure Puts Texis Cartel on Central American Drug Trafficking Map

COCAINE / 21 MAR 2017

Police in El Salvador seized 160 kilograms of Colombian cocaine last week, again shedding light on the importance of the Texis Cartel on the Central American drug trafficking map…

Recent Venezuela Drug Seizures Point More to Challenges than Results

COLOMBIA / 15 MAR 2017

Venezuelan authorities recently announced cocaine seizures of almost three metric tons, illustrating the persistent flow of drugs on the border between Colombia and Venezuela.

'Drug Charges Against Ex-Guatemala Officials are Tip of the Iceberg'

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 FEB 2017

Edgar Gutiérrez spoke with elPeriódico about how the relationship between organized crime and political power has evolved in Guatemala. Gutiérrez, who served as foreign chancellor during the administration of former…

US Indicts Fmr Guatemala VP, Fmr Interior Minister on Drug Charges

ELITES AND CRIME / 24 FEB 2017

A US federal court has indicted the former vice president and the former interior minister of Guatemala on cocaine trafficking charges, suggesting US officials are skeptical about the ability…

Venezuela Citizens Charged With Trafficking Arms From Miami

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 23 FEB 2017

US prosecutors have indicted five citizens of Venezuela in connection with a case involving a Miami arms trafficking network that illustrates the Florida city's importance for gun runners sending…

Fact Checking Venezuelan Passports-to-Terrorists Allegations

ELITES AND CRIME / 22 FEB 2017

Over the past two weeks, a familiar narrative has been resuscitated: the threat of "Islamic terrorism" emanating from Latin America, through the revival of one of 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.

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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.