Analysis

Colombia Vice President Threatens InSight Crime with Criminal Charges

COLOMBIA / 29 JUL 2020

Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office has notified InSight Crime Co-director Jeremy McDermott of criminal proceedings brought against him by Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez in regard to an investigation into the…

El Salvador Arrests General Behind 2012 Gang Truce

BARRIO 18 / 28 JUL 2020

Salvadoran authorities have arrested General David Munguía Payés, a former defense minister who spearheaded a controversial truce between the government of former president Mauricio Funes, the MS13 gang, and the…

Guatemala Imposes Martial Law Under Pretext of Combating Organized Crime

COCAINE / 27 JUL 2020

The Guatemalan government has once again imposed martial law in a region pivotal to organized crime, but its reasons may have less to do with criminal activity than the president…

Between Contraband and Coronavirus: Migration Dynamics at the Venezuela-Colombia Border

CONTRABAND / 24 JUL 2020

As Venezuelan citizens try to return home during the coronavirus pandemic, their own government has accused them of spreading the virus while illegal groups along the Colombian border see them…

Coronavirus Lockdown Boosts Demand for Contraband Cigarettes in Chile

CHILE / 24 JUL 2020

The sophisticated theft of a cigarette shipment has put Chile’s worsening contraband cigarette crisis on display, which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Is Haiti's G9 Gang Alliance a Ticking Time Bomb?

ELITES AND CRIME / 23 JUL 2020

The architect of a new gang alliance in Haiti has quite a reputation for human rights abuses.

Coronavirus Unrest Sparks Surge in Riots in Latin America’s Prisons

COLOMBIA / 22 JUL 2020

Inmate uprisings have ripped through prisons in Latin America amid COVID-19 outbreaks, offering further evidence that the region’s prison systems are buckling under the pressure of the pandemic.

'PCC and Brazil Government Engaged in Game of Chess,' says Expert

BRAZIL / 22 JUL 2020

The PCC has become one of the most complex and important criminal organizations with Latin America, with over 30,000 members in Brazil, an active presence in Paraguay and drug trafficking…

US Indictment of MS13 Leader More (Political) Smoke Than (Terrorist) Fire

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 21 JUL 2020

Last week, with great fanfare, the US government for the first time levied terrorism charges against a little known MS13 gang leader, but the indictment comes off more like a…

Guatemala's New Anti-Corruption Body: a Mere Smokescreen?

ELITES AND CRIME / 21 JUL 2020

The creation of a new anti-corruption office in Guatemala has raised questions about whether the body will have any teeth, with former prosecutors saying that it merely hinders high-level investigations…

Massively Overpriced Contracts Hamper Honduras' Pandemic Response

COVID AND CRIME / 17 JUL 2020

An audit of a Honduran agency charged with procuring emergency medical supplies to fight the coronavirus has found tens of millions of dollars wasted -- an egregious case of profiteering…

Corruption, Cocaine and Gold - The Trials Facing Suriname's New President

COCAINE / 16 JUL 2020

With the election of a new president, Suriname can finally try to put the tainted and violent legacy of Desi Bouterse behind it. But Chan Santokhi has a tough task…

About InSight Crime

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Collaborating on Citizen Security Initiatives

8 JUN 2021

Co-director Steven Dudley worked with Chemonics, a DC-based development firm, to analyze the organization’s citizen security programs in Mexico.

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InSight Crime Deepens Its Connections with Universities

31 MAY 2021

A partnership with the University for Peace will complement InSight Crime’s research methodology and expertise on Costa Rica.

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With Support from USAID, InSight Crime Will Investigate Organized Crime in Haiti

31 MAY 2021

The project will seek to map out Haiti's principal criminal economies, profile the specific groups and actors, and detail their links to elements of the state.

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4 FEB 2021

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InSight Crime Events - Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…