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InSight Crime’s 2020 Homicide Round-Up

ANALYSIS / 29 JAN 2021

While unrest gripped much of Latin America in 2019, it was the coronavirus that took center stage and ripped through the region in 2020, upending everything from commercial trade to…

Migrants Killed in Mexico Took Treacherous Path

ANALYSIS / 28 JAN 2021

Nineteen people shot and burned in a Mexico border state near Texas is a macabre reminder that migrants being smuggled to the United States are targets of cartel violence.

Albanian Mafia Leaves Trail of Blood in Ecuador


The assassination of Albanian national Adriatik Tresa inside his luxury property in Ecuador has revealed details of his alleged criminal activities, painting a picture of violent Albanian drug emissaries operating…

Shrimp Gangs Rob, Extort, Kill in Ecuador

BRIEF / 2 JAN 2021

The persistent robbery, extortion, assault and even murder of shrimp farm workers by armed gangs in Ecuador has led the shrimp sector to once more demand gun reforms, in a…

MS13 Infiltrates Local Government in El Salvador Once Again

ANALYSIS / 18 DEC 2020

A recent police raid in the eastern part of El Salvador, in which a mayor and several municipal and judicial officials were arrested, is the most recent example of an…

Proxy Gang Wars Fuel Record Homicides in Ecuador’s Prisons

BRIEF / 14 DEC 2020

An ongoing gang war in Ecuador’s prisons has made 2020 the bloodiest year on record for inmates, underscoring how the country’s penitentiary system cannot contain the escalating conflict among an…