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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.

MEGABANDAS / 11 NOV 2016

New photos show the privileged lifestyle enjoyed by Venezuela's "pranes," a reminder that these prison bosses have achieved widespread control over the country's failing penitentiary system and are now projecting…

HUMAN RIGHTS / 12 SEP 2016

Experts say extrajudicial killings have jumped alarmingly since the Venezuelan government began a new anti-crime initiative last year, further suggesting that security forces could be involved in death squad-like activity.

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…

MEGABANDAS / 13 MAY 2016

Venezuelan authorities celebrated the death of the country's most wanted criminal at the hands of law enforcement this month but the killing of the gang leader known as El Picure…

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…

CONTRABAND / 14 MAR 2016

In this two-part series, 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…

MEGABANDAS / 11 AUG 2015

In July the Venezuelan government launched its newest anti-crime initiative: "Operation Liberation and Protection of the People" (hereafter referred to as OLP). The operations sends heavily-armed police and military forces…

HUMAN RIGHTS / 26 JUL 2015

 The Venezuelan government mantains that a recently launched, massive security plan is intended to break the power that criminal gangs wield over urban neighborhoods. Yet the operation may ultimately result…

MEGABANDAS / 28 JAN 2015

Venezuela’s year-old "Zonas de Paz” (Peace Zones) initiative shows no sign of coming to an end, despite troubling reports of overwhelming violence, highlighting the government's ineffective response to the country’s…

EXTORTION / 9 MAY 2014

Authorities in Venezuela have killed four members of a criminal group that allegedly commands 30 smaller groups, suggesting a level of sophistication and organization that could mean Venezuelan criminals are…

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