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JAMAICA / 18 DEC 2015

One suspects that Marlon James didn’t set out to write a definitive account of Caribbean gang life with "A Brief History of Seven Killings," but he manages something close. As…

COLOMBIA / 27 NOV 2015

Netflix's hit show "Narcos" pretends to be culturally sensitive and historically accurate, but it is actually the opposite, and worse.

MEXICO / 26 NOV 2015

The recently released movie "Sicario," while at times presenting an exaggerated depiction of Mexico's drug violence and US counter-cartel strategy, offers a harsh but refreshing critique of regional anti-drug efforts.

MEXICO / 25 NOV 2015

Perhaps the single most important factor explaining the power of organized crime in Mexico is government dysfunction. It is appropriate, then, that official missteps are the mostly unspoken…

BARRIO 18 / 4 NOV 2015

Organized crime has become deeply embedded in Latin culture, and its terminology has been incorporated into everyday language, indeed now becoming cliché. …

BRAZIL / 23 SEP 2015

“From boardrooms to battlefields and churches to states, why being in charge isn't what it used to be,” reads the front cover of best-selling book “The End of Power.” The…

COLOMBIA / 10 JUL 2015

Colombia's prison authorities have moved to "retake" a section of the country's most notorious prison, after reports emerged of the luxury lifestyles of the wealthy inmates living there. …

ELITES AND CRIME / 12 MAY 2015

A new book documenting alleged links between Venezuela officials and the drug trade is astounding in the scope of its accusations, and alleges that corruption and involvement in drug trafficking…

MEXICO / 13 APR 2015

As part of an ongoing debate about the relationship between free trade and Mexico's drug war, authors Mike Wallace and Carmen Boullosa* respond to a critique of their book "A Narco…

MEXICO / 6 APR 2015

Many say Mexico's war on drugs began after former President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006, but a new book suggests that the genesis was prohibitive drug policies enacted by…

MEXICO / 16 MAR 2015

A ban on music inspired by drug trafficking and organized crime bosses underscores the illicit trade's impact on modern Mexican culture.

NARCOCULTURE / 29 JAN 2015

A series of recently published photos -- showing churches owned by alleged drug traffickers in Paraguay -- is a reminder of the sometimes complicated intersection between religion and organized crime…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Unraveling the Web of Elites Connected to Organized Crime

27 JUL 2021

InSight Crime published Elites and Organized Crime in Nicaragua, a deep dive into the relationships between criminal actors and elites in that Central American nation.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime’s Greater Focus on US-Mexico Border

20 JUL 2021

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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Key Arrests and Police Budget Increases Due to InSight Crime Investigations

8 JUL 2021

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

24 JUN 2021

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.