InSight Crime

65 Flips | 1 Magazine | 23 Followers | @insightcrime | a foundation dedicated to the study of the principal threat to national and citizen security in Latin America: organized crime.

How Central America Can Better Fight Human Trafficking

SHARE<p><i>The number of successful convictions for human trafficking in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador is miniscule. These countries have made</i> …

The Crime No One Fights: Human Trafficking in the Northern Triangle

SHARE<p>With thousands of victims and just a few convictions, the nations that make up Central America’s Northern Triangle region have yet to prove that …

Political Candidates Arrested in Raid Against Colombia's Urabeños

SHARE<p>Police in Colombia have captured two candidates for local government positions who authorities say are members of neo-paramilitary organization …

El Salvador Sees Deadliest Month Since End of Civil War

SHARE<p>May was reportedly the most violent month in El Salvador in the last 20 years, and there is little sign that any respite from the violence lies …

Paraguay Questions Immunity Granted to Soccer Body

SHARE<p>Paraguay’s Congress is considering a bill that would remove the diplomatic immunity currently enjoyed by the governing body of South America’s …

4 Lessons for Reducing Homicides in Brazil

SHARE<p>Brazil has a terrifying record when it comes to violence. It features more homicides than any other country on earth: one in ten people killed …

Colombia Appoints Prosecutor for Urabeños Surrender

SHARE<p>Colombia’s Attorney General’s office has appointed a special prosecutor to lead exploratory talks over the proposed demobilization of Urabeños, …

Politician's Arrest Puts Paraguay's Justice System on Trial

SHARE<p>The arrest of a Paraguay politician in connection with a money laundering investigation has raised hopes the country is working towards reducing …

US Banks Close Branches Along Mexico Border to Prevent Money Laundering

SHARE<p>Major US banks have recently closed branches along the southern border with Mexico in an attempt to crack down on money laundering, a reflection …

InSight Crime (@InSightCrime) | Twitter

Pinned Tweet<p>Penetration of organized crime. Surrender of power to irregular groups. Extrajudicial executions. Is Venezuela a mafia state? InSight …

Honduras Profile

SHARE<p>One of the poorest countries in Latin America, Honduras is now also among the region’s most violent and crime-ridden countries. This is due in …

82% of Colombia Free from FARC Say MinDef. Really?

SHARE<p>Authorities in Colombia claim guerrilla group FARC’s presence has been reduced to only 18 percent of national territory, an assertion that …

The Zetas and the Battle for Monterrey

Latin America at Heart of FIFA 'Cartel'

SHARE<p>Twelve of the 14 defendants indicted in the bribery scandal involving international soccer organization FIFA are from Latin America and the …

Why It's Important to Visualize Homicide Data

SHARE<p>Let’s get one point clear right away: a homicide rate isn’t necessarily the best number to measure insecurity, let alone fear. There are plenty …

Industrial-scale 'Shark Finning' in Ecuador

SHARE<p>Officials in Ecuador have reported a large number of shark fins seized over the past month, a development that suggests an industrial-scale …

How Organized Crime Infiltrated Guatemala's Government

SHARE<p>Two expert analysts explain how Guatemala’s criminal networks have penetrated the state, and shed light on the ways in which these networks can …

El Salvador Gangs Take Credit for Homicide Drop During Romero's Beatification

SHARE<p>El Salvador’s principal street gangs have taken responsibility for the sharp drop in homicides during the recent beatification ceremonies for …

Did 'El Chapo' Give a Private Plane to a Honduras Politician?

SHARE<p>A Honduras government investigation has reportedly revealed that a mysterious private plane found at an airport several years ago was a gift …

Criminal Groups Target Peru Schools, Killing Director

SHARE<p>A spate of killings at schools in Peru that authorities say were targeted for extortion serve as a stark reminder of how organized crime preys …

Criminal Battle Rages in Guerrero, Mexico Under Watch of Security Forces

SHARE<p>A gruesome battle between two relatively unknown drug gangs over a municipality in Guerrero, Mexico has led to mysterious disappearances, an …

Panic Ensues After MS13 Allegedly Prohibits Blonde Hair in Honduras Markets

SHARE<p>Rumors that the MS13 prohibited women from having blonde hair in marketplaces have sparked panic in Honduras, demonstrating the terror triggered …

Mexico Unplugs Narco-Cameras

SHARE<p>Authorities in Reynosa, Mexico have dismantled 39 Internet-operated cameras designed to spy on security forces, the latest twist in the …

Peru Needs to Catch Fugitive Political Advisor, and Fast

SHARE<p>Martin Belaunde was once the manager of President Ollanta Humala’s unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2006, and the boyfriend of a top …

Mexico's Deadly History of Cartel 'Gunmen' Killed in Confrontations

SHARE<p>Police in Mexico have killed 42 alleged cartel members in the most deadly drug war confrontation of recent times — and one that has yet again …

Gangs Battle for Costa Rica's Local Drug Market

SHARE<p>Recent bloodshed in Costa Rica’s capital has been attributed to gangs battling for control of local drug sales, furthering concerns that the …

Only Syria, Iraq Have More Armed Conflict Deaths Than Mexico: Report

SHARE<p>Despite the heavy use of soldiers to support public security, a recent study has ranked Mexico third worldwide in terms of armed conflict …