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Former Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla -- a decorated war hero and a longtime... ReadLeer

Guatemala’s Mafia State and the Case of Mauricio López Bonilla

Alfredo Beltrán Guzmán, alias "El Mochomito"
The capture of a leader of Mexico's Beltran Leyva Organization is set to further the ongoing... ReadLeer
/ Beltran Leyva Org

Capture of Mexico Crime Boss Could Spur Further Violence

Venezuelan police have been accused of using excessive force during security operations
The government of Venezuela has promoted a heavy-handed approach to citizen security. According to... ReadLeer
/ Police Reform

In Venezuela, Police Kill Someone Every 1.5 Hours

This series of case studies and policy reports explores how government policies, mismanagement, neglect and corruption have made the jails in the region powerful incubators of organized crime.
This series of case studies and policy reports explores how government policies, mismanagement,... ReadLeer

The Prison Dilemma in the Americas

In Central America's Northern Triangle, impunity can be won with money, contacts and coercion. And... ReadLeer

Impunity Northern Triangle

The Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) is the hemisphere's largest, most formidable and increasingly its most... ReadLeer

The MS13

Catalino Mirando, owner of Acostes bus company, poses with his 9 mm pistol in his office.
El Salvador's main passenger transport entrepreneur dares to resist paying extortion to the... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

The El Salvador Businessman Who Does Not Pay the Gangs

Extortion payments are deducted from some bus drivers' salaries
In El Salvador, extortion demanded by gangs has become so normalized that there is a bus company... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

The Bus Route That Institutionalized Extortion in El Salvador

Mexican flag flies over Pemex building
Mexico's state-run oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) lost $300 million in three lawsuits... ReadLeer
/ Mexico

Pemex Lost Millions in Lawsuits Alleging US Firms Bought Stolen Fuel

A potential lethal dose of fentanyl (2 milligrams)
Top executives of a US pharmaceutical company have been arrested for allegedly scheming to... ReadLeer
/ Heroin

US Arrests Drug Company Execs for Allegedly Fueling Opioid Epidemic

Three of the suspects linked to the Sinaloa Cartel
Paraguayan authorities arrested six individuals linked to the Sinaloa Cartel for allegedly... ReadLeer
/ Mexico

Sinaloa Cartel Attempted to Set Up Trafficking Structure in Paraguay

A 2013 ELN demobilization ceremony
Rebels from Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group have been demobilizing from the insurgency at... ReadLeer
/ Colombia

Colombia’s ELN Rebels in Crisis As Demobilization Rate Nearly Doubles