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In a clear show of force, the Venezuelan state launched an unprecedented operation, surrounding the Tocorón prison in Aragua.
Copycat gangs are increasingly posing as Venezuela's Tren de Aragua to extort victims in Peru and Chile.
Videos and pamphlets allegedly published by the Gaitanistas in Bogotá have made Venezuela's Tren de Aragua a target.
Tren de Aragua became Venezuela's most feared homegrown gang by first thoroughly controlling the prison of Tocorón and then, the neighborhood of San Vicente.
President Maduro has proven highly resilient, weathering sanctions abroad and an economic crisis at home. His hybrid state creation helped him to do so.
Chile has passed new legislation to empower police forces to fight a rise in crime. But will this really make a difference?…
A new report has highlighted that organized crime is profiting from the exploitation of millions of migrants from Venezuela.
InSight Crime has developed its own methodology to rank Venezuela's organized crime groups. Here, we present the strongest.
Héctor Rusthenford Guerrero Flores, alias “Niño Guerrero," is the leader of Tren de Aragua, Venezuela's largest homegrown criminal group.
Peru is taking steps to tackle the threat of Venezuelan mega-gang Tren de Aragua, and have recently captured 30 members of the gang.
The capture of Tren de Aragua members will test if Peru and Chile’s prisons can hold this dangerous gang.
Venezuela's prisons have failed to stop the country's most dangerous criminals, these can run criminal empires from behind bars.
22 SEP 2023
This week InSight Crime investigators Sara García and María Fernanda Ramírez led a discussion of the challenges posed by Colombian President Gustavo Petro’s “Total Peace” plan within urban contexts. The…
15 SEP 2023
InSight Crime’s work on emerging coca cultivation in Honduras, Guatemala, and Venezuela was cited in the Colombian government’s…
8 SEP 2023
Investigators Victoria Dittmar and María Fernanda Ramírez discussed InSight Crime’s recent investigation of a massacre in Honduras’ only women’s prison in a Twitter Spaces event on…
1 SEP 2023
Leading Mexican media outlet El Universal featured our most recent investigation, “The Geography of Human Trafficking on the US-Mexico Border,” on the front page of its August 30…
25 AUG 2023
This week, Jeremy McDermott, co-director of InSight Crime, was interviewed by La Sexta, a Spanish television channel, about the situation of extreme violence and insecurity in Ecuador…