All About Northern Triangle

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 11 AUG 2020

The US indictment of an MS13 leader in El Salvador chronicles the latest failure of the infamous street gang to transform itself into a more sophisticated, transnational drug trafficking organization.

ELITES AND CRIME / 10 AUG 2020

The indictment of a former economics minister in Guatemala for money laundering -- some of the very same charges he faced in his home country -- shows how US prosecutors…

CACHIROS / 7 AUG 2020

A powerful business tycoon jailed in the United States for laundering drug money may soon be a presidential candidate in Honduras following his release this month, underscoring just how much…

ELITES AND CRIME / 6 AUG 2020

A Honduras court has ended the prosecution of nearly two dozen people -- including government officials -- accused in the Pandora case, a vast corruption scheme that saw $12 million in…

BARRIO 18 / 28 JUL 2020

Salvadoran authorities have arrested General David Munguía Payés, a former defense minister who spearheaded a controversial truce between the government of former president Mauricio Funes, the MS13 gang, and the…

COCAINE / 27 JUL 2020

The Guatemalan government has once again imposed martial law in a region pivotal to organized crime, but its reasons may have less to do with criminal activity than the president…

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 21 JUL 2020

Last week, with great fanfare, the US government for the first time levied terrorism charges against a little known MS13 gang leader, but the indictment comes off more like a…

ELITES AND CRIME / 21 JUL 2020

The creation of a new anti-corruption office in Guatemala has raised questions about whether the body will have any teeth, with former prosecutors saying that it merely hinders high-level investigations…

COVID AND CRIME / 17 JUL 2020

An audit of a Honduran agency charged with procuring emergency medical supplies to fight the coronavirus has found tens of millions of dollars wasted -- an egregious case of profiteering…

HONDURAS / 13 JUL 2020

An MS13 cell wired several Honduran neighborhoods on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula with surveillance cameras -- an inventive use of technology to perform an age-old gang function.

ELITES AND CRIME / 7 JUL 2020

Guatemalan congressmen and political operators -- two of whom face criminal charges -- are reportedly undermining the country's top court, prompting a US senator to warn of a constitutional crisis…

ELITES AND CRIME / 29 JUN 2020

The Honduran congress has passed a new criminal code which, among other controversial elements, lowers sentences for cases of corruption and drug trafficking. This move will only worsen impunity in…

About InSight Crime

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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.

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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.