Criminal Organizations

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 06:50
A new report provides details on the different levels of sophistication with which criminal groups run sex trafficking rings in Guatemala, shedding light on the business side of a highly lucrative criminal industry.
Friday, June 10, 2016 - 06:32
Members of the notorious Zetas drug cartel turned the prison where they were being held in northern Mexico into a death camp where they tortured and killed around 150 people, and then incinerated the bodies or dissolved them in acid, the authorities say.
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 07:05
El Salvador’s high court declared conditions in the country’s overcrowded prisons unconstitutional in a ruling with implications for the government’s hard line policies aimed at defeating gangs.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 06:52
Mexico's Zetas crime syndicate and the government forces tasked with fighting it are both likely guilty of crimes against humanity according to a new report that calls for the establishment of an international body to independently investigate atrocities and fight impunity in the country.
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 06:30
Zeta hitman talks about the way the influence of his notoriously bloody cartel in Veracruz has risen and fallen with the strength of its ties to the state government. In Veracruz many believe the politicians are the biggest criminals.
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 06:18
El Salvador's police reportedly killed 346 gang members in violent confrontations so far this year, once again raising concerns that the country's bellicose security strategy is leading to widespread human rights abuses.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 06:59
A recent report examining the effect of criminal truces in Latin America is both promising and discouraging; although we have the tools to bring a measure of peace to the underworld, they are hard for most governments to swallow and can lead to even more violence down the road.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 06:27
Citizens in El Salvador are doubtful that the government's tough anti-gang measures will have any impact, further indication that the public has little faith in the authorities to pull the country out of a seemingly intractable security crisis.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 06:22
The Armies of Brazil and Colombia are expanding their bilateral actions to boost surveillance and information sharing in the fight against transnational crime. Initiatives include deploying more Military platoons along the border, holding language classes to improve communication, and sharing information systems, technology, fuel, and airstrips.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 06:53
El Salvador’s attorney general has begun arresting law enforcement officials who helped carry out a truce between gangs that, until just a few years ago, was central to the nation’s strategy for taming its infamous violence.