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Brazil Senate Vote Could Shield Soldiers Charged With Abuses

Brazil’s Senate approved a controversial measure that would transfer jurisdiction for alleged crimes committed by members of the armed forces to the military itself, a controversial move that has been linked to impunity for abusive security forces in other cases…

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Latin Americans Say Corruption Worsening, But They Can Fight It

A new analysis paints a dark portrait of corruption in Latin America and the Caribbean. A majority of citizens say the problem is getting worse and governments are failing to address it. However, the study also shows that citizens throughout the region remain confident in their ability to make a difference in the fight against graft…

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Mexico Supreme Court Ruling Pushes Back Against US ‘Kingpin List’

Mexico’s Supreme Court has declared it unconstitutional to freeze the bank accounts of organized crime suspects without sufficient evidence of wrongdoing, a seeming attempt to push back against the US Treasury Department’s recent blacklisting of two Mexican celebrities…

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

How Fear of Crime in Central America Impacts Daily Life, Contributes to Migration

A new report shows the extent to which insecurity negatively affects the daily lives of Central American citizens, and provides further evidence that crime and corruption are important factors driving emigration from the region. The findings suggest current policies aimed at addressing these issues may lack an adequate emphasis on preventive, rather than reactive measures for deterring crime and migration…

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

Alberto Nisman Was Murdered, But We Still Don’t Know Why

Investigators in Argentina have finally determined, after more than two-and-a-half years, that the gunshot to the head that killed controversial prosecutor Alberto Nisman in January 2015 was delivered by someone other than Nisman himself…

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The Perfect Storm: How Climate Change Exacerbates Crime and Insecurity in LatAm

A series of high-impact hurricanes in the Caribbean and earthquakes in Mexico have caused serious devastation, serving as a stark reminder of the impacts that climate change and sudden natural disasters can have on organized crime and security…

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

Brazil President Faces New Criminal Charges Related to Graft Scheme

The first sitting president in the history of Brazil to face criminal charges has been indicted once again, this time for allegedly obstructing justice and leading a criminal organization. Congress blocked the first set of charges from advancing. Will it protect the president a second time?

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.