Two Years Later, Unsolved Iguala Case Underscores Mexico Security Failures

The case of Mexico‘s 43 missing students remains unsolved after two years, underscoring the reasons for the deep distrust many Mexican citizens harbor toward their government when it comes to matters of crime and security…

This piece was co-written with Antje Dieterich. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

DEA Says Mexico Cartels Battling to Corner US Heroin Market

Two of Mexico‘s most powerful drug cartels are battling for control of the US heroin market, the DEA says, raising the possibility that heroin trafficking patterns may be evolving along similar lines as the cocaine trade…

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Report Describes Shifting Patterns of Violence in El Salvador

A new report describes recent shifts in the characteristics of violence in El Salvador, and it offers recommendations for how to deal with these developments, focusing particularly on the need to tailor violence reduction and prevention strategies to specific local conditions…

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Tempted by Gold, FARC Dissidents Reject Peace Process

A group of guerrillas in Colombia who have deserted the country’s ongoing peace process are reportedly seeking control over lucrative criminal economies, illustrating a number of challenges associated with the expected criminalization of rebels as the demobilization process moves forward…

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El Salvador Disappearances Down From Post-Gang Truce Peak

Newly reported statistics from El Salvador‘s National Civil Police indicate that disappearances have declined from a peak reached in 2014 after the dissolution of a controversial gang truce, raising questions about the relationship between the truce and the rate of disappearances…

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Headlines Do Not Match Charges Against Brazil Ex-President

Prosecutors have charged Brazil‘s former President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva for the first time with direct involvement in a wide-ranging corruption scheme, raising a number of questions about the extent of the ex-leader’s role in the graft…

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