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Histories and profiles of organized crime groups, insurgencies, street gangs, vigilantes and the criminal actors that lead them.

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Honduras Profile

HONDURAS / FEBRUARY 15, 2021

Honduras, long one of the poorest countries in Latin America, is now also among the most violent and crime-ridden. The…

Escritório do Crime

BRAZIL GROUPS / 15 FEB 2021

Escritório do Crime (Office of Crime) is one of the largest and most powerful militia groups in Brazil’s second-largest city,…

Chiquimula, Guatemala

COCAINE / 22 JAN 2021

Chiquimula is a transit point and hub for drug trafficking. It also has marijuana production and a vibrant contraband and…

Izabal, Guatemala

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 JAN 2021

Izabal is one of the most important transit hubs for cocaine being smuggled from Honduras into Guatemala by land, as…

Zacapa, Guatemala

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 JAN 2021

In the department of Zacapa, long a transit point for cocaine and marijuana bound for Mexico and the US, drug…

Jutiapa, Guatemala

GEOGRAPHIC PROFILES / 22 JAN 2021

Jutiapa is a transit point for narcotics shipments and a hotspot for illegal firearm possession. Criminal groups smuggle illicit weapons…

Border Security Colectivo

VENEZUELA GROUPS / SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

The Border Security Colectivo (Colectivo de Seguridad Fronteriza – CSF) is a state-supported irregular militia group based in the Colombian…

Cartel of the Suns

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 14 JAN 2021

The “Cartel of the Suns” (Cartel de los Soles) is the term used to describe the shadowy groups inside Venezuela’s…

Wilexis Alexander Acevedo Monasterios, alias 'Wilexis'

VENEZUELA PERSONALITIES / NOVEMBER 3, 2021

Wilexis Alexander Acevedo Monasterios has led the gang which bears his name since at least 2017. With between 150 and…

The Meleán

VENEZUELA GROUPS / 8 JAN 2021

For more than 40 years, the Meleán gang has ranked among the leading criminal groups within the criminal landscape of…

Fuerza Anti-Unión

MEXICO GROUPS / 2020-11-13

La Fuerza Anti-Unión (FAU) is a criminal organization that has grown rapidly since its inception as a vigilante group.

La Unión Tepito

LA UNIÓN TEPITO / NOVEMBER 12, 2020

La Unión Tepito is a large criminal group indigenous to Mexico City, named after one of the capital’s largest neighborhoods.

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US Guns Flow into Haiti, Fuel Gang Violence

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 30 NOV 2021

A string of US citizens and residents accused of smuggling weapons into Haiti underscores how guns purchased in the United States are a source of illegal weapons in a country…

3 Security Takeaways from Xiomara Castro's Historic Win in Honduras

COVID AND CRIME / 30 NOV 2021

Leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro appears to have ridden a wave of outrage to become Honduras' next president, beating out her right-wing rival in the ruling party, which has come…

Costa Rica Sabotaging Own Efforts to Protect Vulnerable Sharks

COSTA RICA / 29 NOV 2021

A new report has suggested that recent progress made in Costa Rica to protect its abundant shark and turtle populations has been reversed due to recent commercial decisions.  …

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