Seth Robbins

Extortion and Sexual Violence: Women’s Unspoken Suffering

EL SALVADOR / 26 APR 2019

Financial extortion in El Salvador spares neither women nor men. But women simultaneously suffer from a more insidious form of extortion shaped by the threat of sexual violence that blurs…

Women in Guatemala: The New Faces of Extortion?

EXTORTION / 26 APR 2019

A visit to a women’s prison in the city of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, shows the increasing role that women play in extortion rackets. The ubiquity of extortion markets in urban, poor…

Peru Wildlife Agency Eases Export of Illegal Shark Fins

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 23 APR 2019

Peru’s government agency entrusted with protecting endangered species is under investigation for collaborating with shark fin traffickers who export illegal product to Asian markets, shining a spotlight on the state’s…

Peru Targets Multinationals Linked to Sale of Illegal Gold

COLOMBIA / 10 APR 2019

A new investigation into illegal mining has revealed that Peruvian prosecutors are digging into a large Swiss refinery for buying suspect gold. The case is the latest against a multinational…

US Corruption List Omits Key Central American Officials

EL SALVADOR / 9 APR 2019

Senior officials named in a US government list of corruption suspects in Central America have all been sentenced for their crimes -- a fact critics say raises concerns of leniency…

Drug Gangs Corrupt Panama's Shipping Industry

COCAINE / 9 APR 2019

Drug gangs have infiltrated a Panama port through employees who smuggle cocaine into cargo containers destined for Europe -- a trafficking scheme that shows how Panama’s shipping industry is used…

Fish Bladders Mean Big Business for Chinese and Mexican Smugglers

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 8 APR 2019

The swim bladder of an endangered fish caught only in Mexico nets tens of thousands of dollars in China’s black markets, with traffickers from both countries feeding the illegal trade.

Gang in Mexico Offers 'Drug Menu' Via Encrypted WhatsApp

BRAZIL / 3 APR 2019

A drug gang in Mexico City is providing menus of its products and making deals via WhatsApp in a case that shows how dealers exploit encrypted technology to reach customers…

Águilas Negras Threats Haunt Colombia

ÁGUILAS NEGRAS / 2 APR 2019

The name of a supposedly dismantled paramilitary group has appeared on pamphlets and other communiques threatening Colombian politicians, journalists and community leaders. But is the group truly behind the threats?…

Op-Ed: Venezuela, The Ongoing Hurricane in the Caribbean

CARIBBEAN / 29 MAR 2019

While Colombia bears the brunt of the Venezuelan exodus in terms of sheer numbers, several islands of the Caribbean, like Trinidad and Tobago, are being battered by a criminal hurricane…

PCC Death Squad Stalked Police Officers in Brazil

BRAZIL / 28 MAR 2019

PCC gang members in Brazil monitored police on social media and invaded their homes disguised in worker's uniforms in a brazen, hit-squad like attempt on their lives.

Killings by Mexican Marines Underscore Lack of Oversight

HOMICIDES / 27 MAR 2019

Recent data shows that Mexican Marines have become much more lethal in clashes with civilians, raising concerns of accountability at a time when Mexico prepares to send a new National…

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.

THE ORGANIZATION

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.

THE ORGANIZATION

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.

THE ORGANIZATION

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.