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Attempt to Kill Mexico City's Top Cop Puts Jalisco Cartel in Crossfire

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 JUN 2020

The ambush of Mexico City's police chief by heavily armed gunmen has been described by authorities as a failed assassination attempt by the powerful Jalisco Cartel, renewing doubts about the…

What are the Signs a Latin American Prison Is Working or Not?

CHILE / 26 JUN 2020

As part of his work in human rights, transitional justice and prison reform, Michael Reed has been inside dozens of prisons across the Americas. Reed, a dual US-Colombian citizen, is…

The Professor and the Fixer: How a Colombian Middleman Got a Crime Specialist to Launder Money

COLOMBIA / 25 JUN 2020

While a guilty plea for money laundering by a decorated University of Miami professor continues to send shockwaves through the academic, law enforcement and crime investigation communities, his Colombian go-between…

Jamaica and Haiti Swap Drugs and Guns

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 23 JUN 2020

Criminal gangs in Jamaica and Haiti are engaged in a deadly trade: the exchange of marijuana for guns.

Will Top US Prosecutor's Ousting Impact Latin America Drug Cases?

COLOMBIA / 20 JUN 2020

The US Attorney General's surprise ousting of a top US prosector could potentially have repercussions on high-profile drug cases in Latin America, two of which involve sitting presidents.

State Intelligence and Organized Crime: An Old Relationship in Latin America

ARGENTINA / 19 JUN 2020

Investigations have revealed that Argentina's intelligence services under President Mauricio Macri allegedly bugged jail cells, engaged with criminals to ensnare opponents and targeted journalists in a type of illegal spying…

The Legacy of How Guatemala Destroyed its Own Anti-Corruption Crusade

ELITES AND CRIME / 17 JUN 2020

In 2015 and 2016, anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala saw a ray of hope, as criminal investigations led to the resignation and incarceration of former president Otto Pérez Molina on corruption charges,…

Gang Violence Increasingly Spreading to Women’s Prisons in Honduras

BARRIO 18 / 17 JUN 2020

Deadly violence within female prisons in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador is rare. But a spate of recent murders in a Honduran prison appears to be a warning sign that…

The Ongoing Trafficking and Killing of Venezuelan Women in Mexico

GENDER AND CRIME / 16 JUN 2020

The rescue of three Venezuelan forced into sex trafficking in Mexico City has once again shone a spotlight on the ongoing violent treatment and deaths of Venezuelan migrants in the…

Was Mexico Cartel Enforcer ‘La Barbie’ a US Informant?

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 15 JUN 2020

New court documents allege that a top-level criminal enforcer in Mexico served as an informant prior to his arrest, but doubts remain about the level of cooperation he provided authorities…

4 Ways Microtraffickers are Getting Around Coronavirus Restrictions

ARGENTINA / 12 JUN 2020

Just like many legal enterprises trying to find ways to get their products to customers despite the pandemic, microtraffickers in Latin America have had to adjust to new ways of…

Why the Jalisco Cartel Does Not Dominate Mexico's Criminal Landscape

FEATURED / 11 JUN 2020

Media headlines and US indictments have confidently proclaimed the Jalisco Cartel to be  Mexico's dominant criminal group. But while it is certainly one of the country's principal national security threats,…

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