InSight Crime

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 06:52
Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly declared that the country has suffered a coup after the government blocked efforts to push for a recall of the president, deepening a political crisis that is fueling criminal activity in Venezuela.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 06:50
Many police in El Salvador are resigning and some are seeking asylum abroad, an indication of officers' dissatisfaction with poor working conditions as they continue to be called upon to combat the country's gangs.
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 07:07
El Salvador's government has praised an elite unit tasked with confronting street gangs, but this strategy is unlikely to translate into long-term security gains in a country wracked by violence.
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 07:05
Honduras' armed forces have removed an army captain under investigation by the US government for drug trafficking, a move which could put further stress on bilateral relations between the Central American nation and its northern ally.
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 06:33
Authorities in Guatemala say they have arrested 365 alleged Salvadoran gang members this year, a strikingly high number that may be due to more than just repressive security policies pushing gang members out of El Salvador and into neighboring countries.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 07:00
A deputy with El Salvador's ruling FMLN party traveled to Washington, DC last month to intervene in the offices of Congress on behalf of José Luis Merino -- the party leader linked to a businessman facing corruption charges. Meanwhile, the US government has decided to support Salvadoran Attorney General Douglas Meléndez without objections: they have helped him present money laundering cases and they have offered to fund a special anti-impunity unit.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 06:56
Police corruption and involvement in criminal activities remains widespread in Peru, a dynamic that could be contributing to growing perceptions of insecurity among Peruvian citizens.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 06:54
One of Colombia's most powerful criminal organizations is reportedly asking to be included in an ongoing peace process between the government and the country's main guerrilla group, a decision that may have been influenced by increased pressure from state security forces.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 06:52
Nearly two dozen municipal police officers were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and extortion of migrants in Mexico's Chiapas state, highlighting the rise of police violence against migrants along this key transit route.
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 07:40
A recent academic study argues that state institutions directly contribute to Latin America's high levels of violence to a much greater extent than contemporary scholarship has suggested, potentially providing a new perspective on the best way to reduce homicides in the region.

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