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One of the signs held by protesters
Vigilantes in Michoacan, Mexico recently set up blockades in nine municipalities to protest... ReadLeer
/ Mexico

Mexico Vigilantes Back in Action – Why Now?

Venezuelans pay thousands to armor their cars.
In the first two weeks of December, Venezuela's capital city registered over 200 deaths in what is... ReadLeer
/ Homicides

Amid Growing Violence, Venezuelans Take Extreme Security Measures

Illegal logging in Peru is facilitated by poor controls
As the United Nations climate change conference wraps up in Lima, one newspaper in Peru has given a... ReadLeer
/ Environmental Crime

How Poor Controls Facilitate Peru’s Illegal Logging

Heroin seized in New York in 2014
The Sinaloa Cartel has taken control of New York’s heroin market, replacing Colombian and Asian... ReadLeer
/ Heroin

How Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Fed US Heroin Market

A German Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle
A newspaper in Germany reported that 36 German guns were seized from the municipal police in... ReadLeer
/ Arms Trafficking

German Guns in Mexico and the 5 Levels of Police Collusion

One of the Mexican-matriculated planes shot down in Venezuela
Two Mexican aircraft -- one of which was suspected of transiting illicit drugs -- were shot down in... ReadLeer
/ Mexico

Venezuela Shoots Down Planes, Mexico Asks Questions

Paraguay narco "Capilo" (left) alongside Brazil's "Pavao"
Criminal groups in Latin America's Southern Cone are increasingly focused on feeding the region's... ReadLeer
/ Brazil

Career of Paraguay Crime Boss Highlights LatAm’s Changing Drug Trade

Latin America is the world's most violent region
A new report into global violence published by the United Nations and the World Health Organization... ReadLeer
/ Security Policy

Violence Prevention Report Contains Key Lessons for Latin America

Respondents expressed optimism about community police.
A survey in El Salvador revealed both overwhelming opposition to gang negotiations and mixed... ReadLeer
/ El Salvador

El Salvador Survey Highlights Opposition to Gang Negotiations

Michoacan militias could get amnesty
As plans to pass an amnesty law for Michoacan's self-defense forces move forward in Mexico, the... ReadLeer
/ Mexico

Mexico Official Cautions Against Amnesty for Vigilantes

Marijuana seized in Trinidad
Media in Trinidad and Tobago say they have obtained a secret intelligence report detailing how... ReadLeer
/ Caribbean

Jamaicans Run Trinidad and Tobago Drug Networks: Report

Members of Citizen Action presenting the report
A report on Guatemala's registry of state contracts has identified several major issues that have... ReadLeer
/ Elites and Organized Crime

Report Finds Gaps in Guatemala State Contract Database