A Deep Dive Into Argentina´s Criminal Dynamics and Its Borders

Although Argentina shares a bast border with the largest marijuana producer in the continent, organized crime has evolved slowly and to other dimensions less visible like money laundering

Join us on Tuesday, March 16, for a discussion with our co-director, Jeremy McDermott, alongside InSight Crime researcher, Alicia Flórez, and project coordinator, Ángela Olaya, who will take an in-depth look at organized crime in Argentina and its borders. The event will be moderated Carolina Sampó from the center for studies on transnational organized crime (Centro de Estudios sobre Crimen Organizado Transnacional – CeCOT) of National University of La Plata.


16 Mar 2021


4:00 pm


Live Broadcast  in  Spanish  on  Youtube  and English  on Facebook


Jeremy McDermott co-director and co-founder of InSight Crime. He leads the team based in the organization’s home base of Medellín, Colombia. McDermott has more than two decades of experience reporting from Latin America. Formerly a correspondent for the BBC, The Daily Telegraph and The Economist. He is the author of “The Invisible Drug Lord: Hunting The Ghost” the winner of Simon Bolivar Prize for investigative journalism.

Alicia Flórez is an economist from the EAFIT University, Medellín, where she is currently completing a master’s degree. She is a researcher at InSight Crime working on transnational organized crime in Colombia, the Northern Triangle, and the Tri-Border Area, and has conducted extensive fieldwork in these areas. She contributed to InSight Crime’s latest investigation: The Rise of PCC: Expansion in Brazil and Beyond.

Ángela Olaya Castro has a degree in Political Science from the University of The Andes, Bogotá, and has vast experience researching the relationship between armed conflict and organized crime. She is a senior researcher and project manager at InSight Crime. She coordinated the project “Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and the Tri-Border Area.”  Previously, she led InSight Crime’s Colombian Organized Crime Observatory and was part of the investigative team that exposed the identity of invisible drug lord, “Memo Fantasma.”

Carolina Sampó is an Adjunct Researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Conicet). She is the coordinator of the Center for Studies on Transnational Organized Crime (CeCOT) at the International Relations Institute (IRI) at the University of La Plata (UNLP), Argentina. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Political Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).

Dr. Sampó holds a PhD in Social Sciences and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Buenos Aires University and she holds a master's degree in International Studies from Torcuato Di Tellas’s University. She has made a postdoctoral research at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Dr. Sampó is the Project Director of a research project financed by the University of Buenos Aires called “The emergence of new criminal structures in South America: the dynamics of organized crime in Argentina and Brazil (2015 - 2019)”.

She is also the head researcher for the project: “Challenges and Threats to Security and Defense Policies in Latin America and the European Union: International, Economic, Social and Communication Aspects” financed by the Ibero-American University Union, executed by a team of researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Barcelona, the University of San Pablo, the Autonomous University of Mexico and the University of Buenos Aires.

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