All About Panama

ELITES AND CRIME / 6 JAN 2016

Panama's Supreme Court has denied a petition to suspend the immunity of a former president and current Central American Parliament (Parlacen) deputy, illustrating how powerful figures can use membership in…

FARC / 5 NOV 2015

Authorities in Panama say they have dismantled a criminal network run by Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel and Colombia's FARC guerrillas, offering further evidence of how the Mexican criminal group has built…

HUMAN RIGHTS / 28 OCT 2015

The remote island prison dubbed the Guantanamo Bay of Panama houses the country's most dangerous prisoners, but concerns are mounting over harsh conditions and human rights violations occurring behind…

MONEY LAUNDERING / 14 SEP 2015

Panama has made some key moves in order to get itself removed from the international "grey list" of nations that aren't doing enough to fight money laundering, but these efforts…

BELIZE / 7 AUG 2015

Top law enforcement officials from seven Central American countries met with the US Attorney General to discuss rising violence, drug-trafficking, and organized crime, underscoring how seriously the US now views…

HOMICIDES / 23 JUL 2015

 A new survey indicates that Panamanians are by far most concerned about insecurity, highlighting how the country's falling homicide rate isn't enough to convince the public that all is well. …

ELITES AND CRIME / 9 JUN 2015

The list of accusations against Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli is growing rapidly, with illegal wiretaps the latest allegation as his political enemies build a case that Martinelli presided over…

COLOMBIA / 13 MAY 2015

Colombian authorities have recently detained large groups of migrants originating from as far as Asia and Africa, highlighting shifting migration trends and underlining Colombia's strategic importance to these human smuggling…

MONEY LAUNDERING / 21 APR 2015

Panama's legislation is designed to remove the country's notoriety as a regional money laundering hub. But there are powerful reasons to believe this Central American nation will remain a popular…

ELITES AND CRIME / 14 APR 2015

A corruption probe into a welfare program in Panama now involves an ex-president, dozens of congressmen and several cabinet members -- yet also raises questions about the motives of an…

PANAMA / 10 MAR 2015

Panama is continuing to struggle to confront its active and sizeable gang presence, prompting President Juan Carlos Varela to call for international cooperation in combating organized crime.

ELITES AND CRIME / 6 MAR 2015

The former head of Panama’s Supreme Court will serve jail term after being found guilty on corruption charges, marking a success for the country's justice system in what is a…

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.