Displacement in Latin America

COLOMBIA / 28 OCT 2012

In a collaboration with four media organizations in Latin America, InSight Crime looks at the role of organized crime in driving displacement and slavery in the region — and what authorities have failed to do about it.

Chapter 1

'The Mafia's Shadow' Highlights the Human Rights Consequences of Organized Crime

DISPLACEMENT / 28 OCT 2012

In April of this year, InSight Crime, with financing from the non-governmental organization Internews, met with journalists from four online news media organizations. The four represented the cream of the…

Chapter 2

The New Face of Forced Displacement in Latin America

COLOMBIA / 25 SEP 2012

Forced displacement has a long history in Latin America. For decades - and even centuries in some countries - entire villages, families and individuals have sought refuge in the nearest…

Chapter 3

The Stampede of Fear

COLOMBIA / 25 SEP 2012

They say that during the worst times, between 1999 and 2002, when right-wing paramilitaries who went by their acronym the AUC carried out their violent assault in Catatumbo -- a…

Chapter 4

The Displaced of Sinaloa

DISPLACEMENT / 25 SEP 2012

From September 2011 to February 2012, hundreds of families fled the Sierra Madre in Sinaloa state after criminal gangs killed locals and burnt their houses to the ground. Almost a…

Chapter 5

Running From Your Own Shadow

DISPLACEMENT / 25 SEP 2012

The Peten province in Guatemala is a vast territory, so big you could fit the neighboring countries of Belize and El Salvador inside it. But despite its size, there is…

Chapter 6

The Legion of the Displaced

DISPLACEMENT / 28 SEP 2012

In the suburbs of El Salvador, in neighborhoods stained by Mara Salvatrucha or Barrio 18 graffiti, there are hundreds of abandoned, decaying houses. These houses tell the drama of the…

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