InSight Crime

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 06:52
Former DEA agent in El Salvador Danny Dalton doesn't mince words: Central America's drug trafficking organizations would not be so well developed without the help of corrupt local authorities that have been tolerated by US governments.
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.
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 07:06
Nearly 13,000 guns have been lost or stolen from Mexico’s public security agencies over the last ten years, according to a recent report, a telling reminder that the country's black market weapons don't just come from north of the border.
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.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 06:28
The security situation continues to erode in Trinidad and Tobago as the island nation struggles to combat organized crime fueled by the drug trade and deterioration in nearby Venezuela is feeding fears of an influx of firearms.
Friday, June 3, 2016 - 06:56
The National Police announced the capture of Javier Gutiérrez Blanco, alias "Loro," on May 31 in Ocaña, Norte de Santander, reported Caracol. Officials characterized Gutiérrez as a link between the Popular Liberation Army (Ejército Popular de Liberación - EPL) and Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel.
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.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 06:33
A massive security operation in Bogotá's nefarious Bronx neighborhood reveals how powerful microtrafficking gangs in the city have become -- and the Colombian government's lack of a long-term plan for restoring order to urban enclaves dominated by criminal groups.

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