Analysis

Criminal Governance Under Coronavirus: How Colombian Groups Seized the Day

COLOMBIA / 3 SEP 2020

The coronavirus pandemic sparked a shift in Colombia as criminal actors the nation over sought to profit from the sudden change in conditions, the refocusing of state priorities and a…

The Sicilianization of Mexican Drug Cartels

EXTORTION / 1 SEP 2020

Extortion can be defined as the action through which one individual obtains a resource from another through intimidation or threat of violence. This criminal activity has been used by organized…

Governor In, Governor Out – All Normal in Rio de Janeiro

BRAZIL / 31 AUG 2020

Rio de Janeiro’s Governor Wilson Witzel has been suspended for allegedly running a corruption scheme that not only may have defrauded the state at the height of its coronavirus response…

How Colombia’s Lockdown Created Ideal Conditions for Child Recruitment

COLOMBIA / 28 AUG 2020

The systematic recruiting of minors continues to be a favorite strategy for non-state armed actors in Colombia to bolster their numbers, with the country’s Registry of Victims (Registro Único de…

Netflix’s ‘Immigration Nation’ – How Criminals and Companies Exploit Migration

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 28 AUG 2020

Released in August, the six-part Netflix documentary “Immigration Nation” goes behind the scenes of immigration policies and enforcement under the administration of US President Donald Trump.

MS13 East Coast Violence Fails to Consolidate Gang’s US Presence

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 27 AUG 2020

The recent arrests of MS13 gang members in El Salvador accused of committing brutal murders in US East Coast states have, once again, raised alarms that the street gang’s leadership…

Corruption Charges at Venezuela’s US Oil Subsidiary Fuel Tensions

ELITES AND CRIME / 25 AUG 2020

Both Venezuela and the United States are advancing legal cases against former officials from Citgo, a subsidiary of Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA, signaling that longstanding accusations of corruption at…

Corruption Cries Mount Over Pandemic Spending in El Salvador

COVID AND CRIME / 25 AUG 2020

On August 9, the website on which the El Salvador government publishes all of the country's contract expenditures suddenly went dark. The shutdown came amid allegations of corruption by the administration…

Honduras Unable to Curb Rising Violence Inside Prisons

BARRIO 18 / 20 AUG 2020

Targeted killings, massacres, and deadly riots have all occurred in Honduras' maximum-security prisons this year, putting a spotlight on how violence has spiraled out of control despite government efforts to…

US Border Officials See Methamphetamine Resurgence

COVID AND CRIME / 18 AUG 2020

The recent seizure of $16 million worth of methamphetamines by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has highlighted rising meth seizure and overdose trends in the United States — a…

Is AMLO Getting Serious About Mexico’s Anti-Corruption Fight?

ELITES AND CRIME / 14 AUG 2020

After a lackluster start to confronting endemic corruption in Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appears now to be showing a renewed commitment to the cause through the launch of…

Homicide Drop in El Salvador: Presidential Triumph or Gang Trend?

BARRIO 18 / 13 AUG 2020

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has credited his crime-fighting plan for a 60 percent drop in homicides this year. But the country’s violent street gangs deserve some -- if not…

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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…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…