organized crime

US Congressional Hearing Renews Debate on Efficacy of ‘Kingpin List’

A recent US congressional hearing on the effectiveness of financially sanctioning criminal organizations illustrated some of the flaws in the practice and also provided suggestions for how to improve it…

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

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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.

Peru Organized Crime Reforms May Be Missing the Mark

Peru has reformed its laws pertaining to organized crime in a context of growing public concern about the issue, but it’s unclear whether the changes will have a substantial impact on crime groups operating in the country…

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

Organized Crime Loopholes Water Down Mexico Justice Reform

Mexico is currently in the process of implementing historic changes to its criminal justice system, but the planned reforms include due process exceptions in organized crime cases that could undermine the initiative’s intent…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Massive Bust Shows Italian Mafia Role in LatAm Drug Trade

Colombian, Italian and US authorities collaborated in a massive round-up of nearly 150 suspected members of a multicontinental drug trafficking ring, highlighting the deep links between Italian criminal organizations and Latin America’s drug trade…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.