Virtual Panel: The Colombo-Venezuelan Guerrillas: How Colombia’s War Migrated to Venezuela

On October 3 at 10:00 a.m. Colombia time (11:00 a.m. EST), InSight Crime will host a virtual event featuring Co-Director Jeremy McDermott and a panel of leading experts, María Victoria Llorente, Luis Trejos, and Javier Mayorca, to discuss the findings of our latest investigation: “The Colombo-Venezuelan Guerrillas: How
Colombia’s War Migrated to Venezuela.

This latest investigation by InSight Crime analyzes how Colombia’s guerrillas migrated to Venezuela, changing the criminal dynamics in both countries, and becoming a major obstacle to achieving a long-awaited peace in Colombia.

The event will be held in Spanish and streamed live on YouTube and Facebook. Shortly after the event, a full version will be posted on our YouTube channel with English subtitles. No registration is required.


3 Oct 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 am Colombia


Streamed live on YouTube and Facebook - No registration is required.



Luis Trejos - Research Professor at Universidad del Norte and Coordinator of the "Conflicts and post-conflicts in the Caribbean" research group. Trejos holds a PhD in American Studies, with an emphasis in international studies, from the University of Santiago de Chile, and is a professor of political science and international relations at Universidad del Norte in Colombia. He specializes in the study of drug trafficking, the relationship between politics and illegality in the Caribbean, and the forms of violence that have emerged since Colombia’s Peace Agreement with the FARC in 2016.

María Victoria Llorente - Executive Director of the Ideas for Peace Foundation (FIP). Llorente has been the executive director of Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP), a prominent think tank in the fields of peace and security in Colombia, since 2006. She specializes in crime and violence, national and citizen security policies, and police reform. She has been a consultant to multilateral agencies and Colombian public institutions for projects related to these topics and has been part of several advisory commissions to the Colombian government. She has co-authored several books and written multiple articles on these topics.

Jeremy McDermott - Co-Director, InSight Crime. McDermott leads InSight Crime’s team based in Medellin, Colombia. McDermott has more than two decades of experience reporting from Latin America and is a former correspondent for the BBC, The Daily Telegraph, and The Economist. He is the author of "The Invisible Drug Trafficker: In the Footsteps of Memo Fantasma," winner of the Simon Bolívar Award for investigative journalism.

Javier Mayorca - Consultant, columnist, and editor of Crímenes sin Castigo. Mayorca is a Venezuelan journalist specialized in crime and security matters with more than 20 years of experience. He has been a columnist for several Venezuelan media such as El Nacional, Runrunes, and Analítica. He has also taught journalism and ethics at several higher education institutions. He is the author of several books focused on criminal actors and dynamics in Venezuela.