Criminal Organizations

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 10:01
A new report indicates that Central American states have increasingly relied on the military to fight crime with help from the United States, a decision which may bear consequences for human rights and levels of violence within the young democracies.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 08:19
Delvin Salgado, the mayor of El Negrito in the north of the country, is one of at least 35 mayors or deputy mayors investigated for links with organised crime in since 2015, the authorities say.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 08:14
A rise in drug-related murders has contributed to Costa Rica's homicide rate almost doubling in the past 15 years, as the country's growing role in the regional narcotics trade continues to provoke anxiety among security officials.
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 06:52
Inmates temporarily took control of a state prison and set fire to mattresses on Wednesday in Brazil's northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte where gangsters have unleashed a wave of violence against the government.
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 06:37
A massive operation that has bared the finances of El Salvador’s MS13 gang offers compelling evidence to support of a long suspected theory: Government benefits extended the country’s gang leaders in connection with a 2012-2013 truce were used to strengthen their criminal organizations.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
An operation across Eastern and Southern Africa targeting transnational crimes including human, drug and arms trafficking, people smuggling, terrorism, car theft and environmental crime has resulted in close to 4 500 arrests.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
Mexico is currently in the process of implementing historic changes to its criminal justice system, but the planned reforms include due process exceptions in organized crime cases that could undermine the initiative's intent.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
The growing number of private security firms in Guatemala speaks to the state's inability to provide protection for its citizens, but this booming industry is vulnerable to criminal co-option and could generate security concerns of its own.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
Mexico's murder rate is getting significantly worse again, after a few years during which the killing had begun to fall off. According to official figures released this week, the number of murders in Mexico during the first half of this year was around 15 percent higher than in the same period of 2015.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
Criminal groups and corrupt officials are the main beneficiaries of a US inspired shift in Mexico's policy that is endangering migrants, according to a new report, and the recent US decision to allow more Central American immigrants refugee status will do little to protect them from abuse south of the Rio Grande.