Guatemala Dismantles Ring of Policemen Moonlighting as Hitmen

A series of arrests in Guatemala has brought down a criminal group, known as Los Patrones, made up of police officers working as drug dealers and hitmen, showing how the country has not been spared from the growing crisis of police criminality across the region.

Siona Indigenous Community Under Siege in Ecuador’s Sucumbíos Province

Indigenous people at the Colombia-Ecuador border are reporting an increase in threats, extortions and restrictions to their access, as criminal groups and authorities fight...

Killings by Mexican Marines Underscore Lack of Oversight

Recent data shows that Mexican Marines have become much more lethal in clashes with civilians, raising concerns of accountability at a time when Mexico prepares to send a new National Guard unit into the streets.

Venezuelan Government Turned Drug Dens into ‘Torture Houses’

Shocking revelations by a Venezuelan government official about torture carried out by government institutions has allegedly revealed the existence of "torture houses," operated by Venezuelan state agents inside buildings seized from drug traffickers.

Guatemala’s Anti-Corruption Crusader Faces Arrest

A Guatemalan judge has issued an arrest warrant for former attorney general and current presidential candidate Thelma Aldana, who previously led several high-profile corruption cases against political elites.

Mexican Officials Extort Asylum Seekers on Way to USA

Fresh reports that Mexican immigration officials extort asylum seekers at the US border adds to scores of stories of abuse at the hands of crime groups, illustrating how vulnerable people are while taking one of the most dangerous journeys in the world.

Colombia’s Remote Telembí Triangle Sees Gangs Shake Down Illegal Miners

Colombia’s southern department of Nariño is home to an extortion scheme, where two of the country’s largest criminal organizations, the ELN and the Urabeños, shake down illegal miners.

Clear Penalty as Colombian Soccer Star Netted for Drug Trafficking

Jhon Viáfara, a roving midfielder for Colombia’s national soccer team, was arrested on suspicion of seeking to export cocaine to the United States. This is but the latest in a string of cases of Colombian soccer players, some of them among the country's elite, being involved in drug trafficking after retiring from the sport.

Dominican Groups Eye Lucrative Patagonia Drug Market

A series of arrests of Dominican nationals in the south of Argentina over recent months have highlighted an unlikely, but highly lucrative, spot in Latin America and raised question over how it might develop in the future.

Op-Ed: The ELN as a Colombo-Venezuelan Rebel Army

The ELN, Colombia’s last rebel army, has engaged in exponential growth over the last four years, both in Colombia and within Venezuela, and may now be described as a Colombo-Venezuelan force, with enormous implications for both countries.

Cuban Doctors Used in Extortion Scheme by Venezuelan Gov’t

A new investigation has revealed how Cuban doctors are used by the Venezuelan government in an extortion scheme to remain in power, revealing new forms of criminal collaboration between the regime of Nicolás Maduro and Havana.

Illegal Mining May Collapse Colombia’s Cerro Mono Ecosystem

Colombian authorities have discovered that an important water resource is under threat from illegal mining in a rural area of Cúcuta, revealing that the region is dealing with far more than the mediatized border crisis with Venezuela.