Author: Mike LaSusa

US-Mexico ‘Action Plan’ Thinks Big, but Impact May Be Small

The United States and Mexico have announced plans for renewed cooperation on combating Mexico-based drug trafficking groups. But although the proposed strategy sounds promising on paper, it may be difficult to implement…

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Peru’s Judicial Corruption Scandal, Explained

Peru’s entire judicial apparatus is in chaos following the leak of audio recordings that appear to show powerful officials engaged in various influence peddling and corruption schemes…

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5 Ways To Fight Corruption in Latin America

Corruption has solidified its place at the top of the agenda for policymakers and citizens across Latin America and the Caribbean. Below, InSight Crime explores five proposals that could boost the ability of countries to achieve lasting advances in the fight against graft…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Weekly InSight: How Organized Crime Has Tarnished the World Cup

In our June 14 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the opening of the 2018 World Cup and the many ways that soccer and organized crime intersect…

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Crime Costs Brazil Tens of Billions Yearly: Study

A new study by Brazil’s government estimates that the cost of crime has risen dramatically over the past two decades, now reaching the equivalent of tens of billions of dollars each year. In light of rising violence and ongoing resource constraints, the authors recommend authorities rethink current public security policies…

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Honduras Court Ruling Could Undermine Anti-Graft Body

The Supreme Court in Honduras has issued a complicated ruling on the constitutionality of an independent anti-graft body that keeps the body intact, but could nonetheless undermine a key aspect of how it functions…

This piece was co-authored with Angelika Albaladejo. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.