All About Colectivos

COLECTIVOS / 26 APR 2017

Venezuela's National Assembly launched a commission to investigate the role of government-backed militias during recent, widespread deadly protests, while calling on the army to disarm these criminalized groups known as…

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 18 APR 2017

Whatever happens following "the mother of all protests" in Venezuela on April 19, political uncertainty looks guaranteed and will be embraced by organized crime. Below, InSight Crime looks at some…

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 22 MAR 2017

A new report details the evolution of Venezuela's drug trade, and offers some insights into the rise of the military's role in this illicit business.

COLECTIVOS / 25 JAN 2017

More than one police officer or military soldier was killed per day in Venezuela in 2016, a figure that highlights the steadily degrading security situation for which recent government policies…

COLECTIVOS / 19 JAN 2017

Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro announced a new package of anti-crime measures that includes giving arms to civilians and charging supervised groups with gathering intelligence, raising concerns over possible human…

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 3 JAN 2017

This year has brought Venezuela to its knees -- economically, politically and socially -- providing organized crime with extremely fertile ground.

COLECTIVOS / 28 OCT 2016

Venezuela's vice president has threatened to repress opposition protests with colectivos -- pro-government armed groups that are becoming increasingly criminalized -- bringing the country closer to the brink of civil…

COLECTIVOS / 5 AUG 2016

One of Venezuela’s top digital media organizations leads us on an in-depth tour through the aftermath of one of the government’s controversial OLP anti-crime operations and uncovers stories of a…

COLECTIVOS / 14 MAR 2016

In this second article, Venezuelan journalist Javier Mayorca examines the evolution of organized crime in Venezuela, from the first manifestations of official corruption and contraband during colonial times and the…

COLECTIVOS / 24 NOV 2014

A recent clash between Venezuela's collectives and police -- which may have led to the removal of the country's Interior Minister -- illustrates the complex and ambiguous relationship between the…

COLECTIVOS / 4 NOV 2014

A few months ago I was in Caracas, Venezuela having coffee with Alexis when our conversation was interrupted by a startling text message. After reading it he shared disturbing news:…

COLECTIVOS / 28 OCT 2014

Venezuela's interior minister has been replaced, leading some to question whether it may have been due to pressure from a militant collective in Caracas that blamed him for a recent…

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InSight Crime’s Greater Focus on US-Mexico Border

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InSight Crime has decided to turn many of its investigative resources towards understanding and chronicling the criminal dynamics along the US-Mexico border.

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With Memo Fantasma’s arrest, InSight Crime has proven that our investigations can and will uncover major criminal threats in the Americas.

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Organized Crime’s Influence on Gender-Based Violence

30 JUN 2021

InSight Crime investigator Laura N. Ávila spoke on organized crime and gender-based violence at the launch of a research project by the United Nations Development Programme.

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Conversation with Paraguay Judicial Operators on PCC

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InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley formed part of a panel attended by over 500 students, all of whom work in Paraguay's judicial system.

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Combating Environmental Crime in Colombia

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InSight Crime presented findings from an investigation into the main criminal activities fueling environmental destruction in Colombia.