security

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.

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How Trump’s Environmental Policy Undermines LatAm Security

US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from a global agreement to fight climate change hinders efforts to tackle environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, which have compounded longstanding problems related to organized crime…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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.

More on Michoacán’s Autodefensas

Mexico has a long history of community policing, but in more recent years a movement has emerged that focuses less on administering local justice than on protecting communities from outside forces. In 2011, the citizens of the town of Cheran, Michoacán rose up against criminals they claimed were illegally logging their forest. In addition to stopping the logging projects, the so-called “guardabosques” (“forest guards”) essentially drove out and replaced Cheran’s politicians and police…

Read this piece in its entirety at Southern Pulse.