Victoria Dittmar

The Next Generation of Criminal Groups Driving Violence in Mexico

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 12 AUG 2021

Mexico's process of criminal fragmentation has been a slow burn. Many of the country's mightiest criminal groups have been unable to stay united, either due to internal strife, incursions from…

Extermination Sites - The New Depths of Mexico's Disappearance Crisis

HOMICIDES / 4 AUG 2021

Families combing for clues about their vanished loved ones at recently discovered extermination sites in northern Mexico have turned to local cartel leaders for help - revealing their desperation to…

'Somos.': One of Mexico's Worst Massacres Told Through its Victims

HUMAN RIGHTS / 14 JUL 2021

The new Netflix series, “Somos.,” (We Are), offers a respectful but powerful look at the Allende massacre, one of the most brutal episodes of Mexico's war on organized crime, which…

Mexico's Unreachable Elites Targeted by Rare Corruption Investigation

ELITES AND CRIME / 26 MAY 2021

A corruption investigation revealed earlier this week offers a rare chance for Mexico to confront long-rumored bribery between the highest…

End of Lockdown Brings Wave of Cocaine to Puerto Rico

CARIBBEAN / 26 APR 2021

Puerto Rico is seeing a surge in cocaine seizures, indicating that drug flows are being reactivated after months of dormancy amid pandemic lockdowns and that the island is on track…

'Unforgivable' Director: 'If the Gang Knows You're Gay, They Kill You'

BARRIO 18 / 25 APR 2021

The ideas of masculinity, discrimination and homophobia within El Salvador's gangs are at the heart of "Unforgivable," a documentary who explores how these under-reported topics affect gang violence.

US, Mexico Sanctions Offer Insights Into CJNG Hierarchy

JALISCO CARTEL / 9 APR 2021

Sanctions recently imposed by the United States and Mexico on members of the CJNG that are allegedly linked to two high-profile murders, demonstrate that the group is one of the…

Criminal Groups Zero in on Mexico Resort Construction

EXTORTION / 8 APR 2021

Criminal groups in one of Mexico's most popular tourist regions have found yet another sector to extort and terrorize: hotel builders.

How an MS13 Clique in El Salvador Took a Cocaine Corridor

COCAÍNA / 23 MAR 2021

On the El Salvador’s eastern border, a subtle transfer of power could have seismic consequences in the underworld.

From Argentine Shrine to Marijuana Corridor: The Story of Itatí

ARGENTINA / 16 MAR 2021

An ambitious mayor, a well-connected deputy mayor, dirty cops, a corrupt judge, and a lot of marijuana. This is the story of Itatí, the sleepy town that went from religious…

Interactive Dashboard: Criminal Dynamics in Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

28 JAN 2021

This interactive dashboard aims to map Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) in the Northern Triangle (NT) of Central America and the Tri-Border Area (TBA) between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Users can…

Refusal to Respond to Calls Highlights Demise of Rio's UPP Program

BRAZIL / 22 JAN 2018

Rio De Janeiro’s Police Pacification Units (UPPs), already suffering from crippling budget cuts and broken public confidence, are refusing to respond to calls from areas considered to be of “high…

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Apure Investigation Makes Headlines

22 OCT 2021

InSight Crime’s investigation into the battle for the Venezuelan border state of Apure resonated in both Colombian and Venezuelan media. A dozen outlets picked up the report, including Venezuela’s…

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InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

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InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

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Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

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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.