Investigation and Analysis of Organized Crime

Investigations

Investigations

In August 2019, the nature of the ex-FARC mafia changed from a localized nuisance to a national... ReadLeer
/ Colombia

The Tipping Point: Iván Márquez Deserts the Peace Process

Even before the signing of the 2016 peace agreement between the FARC and the Colombian government,... ReadLeer
/ Colombia

The Evolution of the Ex-FARC Mafia

There were always going to be dissident elements from the FARC, from those who were unconvinced by... ReadLeer
/ Colombia

Is Colombia Condemned to Repeat History?

Authorities in El Salvador are keen to expand a much-praised local policing model believed to... ReadLeer
/ El Salvador

In El Salvador, a Thin Line Between Community Policing and Vigilantism

Widespread fear of street gangs in the Northern Triangle countries is being exploited by copycat... ReadLeer
/ El Salvador

Copycat Extortionists: Guatemala’s Criminal Chancers

Honduras’ private sector, under the banner of regional chambers of commerce, joined forces with... ReadLeer
/ Extortion

Honduras Private Sector and Anti-Extortion Police: An Unholy Alliance?

In Panama, women in the sex trade are exposed to monetary and sexual extortion by corrupt police... ReadLeer
/ Extortion

Panama’s Sex Workers Easy Prey for Extortionist Cops

El Salvador’s groundbreaking "Operación Jaque" (Operation Check) has provided a wealth of... ReadLeer
/ El Salvador

The MS13’s Vital Fuel: Extortion

The notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and 18th Street Gang (Barrio 18) are behind the majority of... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

Street Gangs

Although gangs dominate the extortion markets in Central America, corrupt state agents will... ReadLeer
/ El Salvador

Corrupt State Actors

The variety of extortionists in Central America speaks to the ease with which opportunists can set... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

Independent Criminal Groups

Through the use of violence, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and 18th Street Gang (Barrio 18)  have... ReadLeer
/ Barrio 18

Copycats