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InSight Crime/American University Tackle How Criminal Networks Operate Across Latin America


InSight Crime, in partnership with American University's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) in Washington, has completed a ground breaking study on the evolution of transnational organized crime in the Americas, looking at the nature of today’s criminal networks and the keys to their success and longevity. 

Across Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Central America, the Caribbean and the Southern Cone, our team of investigators broke down the unique social, economic and cultural dynamics that impact how criminal groups operate, whether reliant on support from state actors, whether drawn from shared heritage or a sense of community, or whether simply knit by a quest for profit. Through this methodology and after interviews with over 200 prosecutors, judges, officials and security experts, the report lays out a series of recommendations for policymakers at the local, national and international level.

Download the full report in English here

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