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Migrant Caravan in Mexico Changes Course, but Dangers Still Lurk

A caravan of Central American migrants traveling to the United States has changed its intended route to avoid the Texas-Mexico border — a move that shows even such a large group remains vulnerable to powerful criminal organizations operating in Mexico.

How and Where Organized Crime Preys on Migrants in Mexico

A new report shows how and where organized crime groups victimize Central American migrants in Mexico.

Mexico’s Record High Kidnappings Fueled by Fractured Cartels

Official statistics in Mexico suggest that kidnapping cases will reach a record high this year, a consequence of the atomization of the country’s main...
ELN commander-in-chief Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias "Gabino."

ELN Peace Talks Stumble Once Again over Kidnapping Issue

Peace negotiations between Colombia's government and the ELN guerrilla group have backtracked once again due to the issue of ongoing kidnappings by the rebels, highlighting how this issue has become a key stumbling block to the talks.

Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias "Gabino," leader of the ELN

As ELN Peace Talks Start, a Rocky Path Ahead

As the public phase of peace talks between the government of Colombia and the country's second-largest guerrilla group begins, the rebels' ongoing kidnappings and fragmented structure promise a bumpy road for the negotiations.

Franz Wiebe has been kept hostage by the EPP since July 2016

Paraguay Rebel Group Extorts Landowners to Build Local Support

Paraguay's main guerrilla group has demanded that the family of a hostage provide aid to impoverished communities in exchange for the prisoner's release, highlighting one of the ways the rebels build community support.

The funeral of Alejo Naborí, one of the three priests murdered in Mexico this year

2016 Deadliest Year for Catholic Priests in Mexico

Mexico remains the most dangerous country in the world for Catholic priests, according to a report from the Catholic Church that calls out the government for its lack of action in the face of rising violence against religious officials. 

Federal police officers and migrants in Chiapas, Mexico.

21 Mexico Police Arrested for Kidnapping, Extortion of Migrants

Nearly two dozen municipal police officers were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and extortion of migrants in Mexico's Chiapas state, highlighting the rise of police violence against migrants along this key transit route.

Venezuela's Anti-Extortion and Kidnapping Police

Reports of Kidnapping in Venezuela Nearly Double in 2016

The number of recorded kidnappings in Venezuela has increased by 88 percent over the last year, according to new figures, which help to quantify a security crisis that has all too often been obscured by the government's reluctance to release damning crime statistics.

Venezuelan Interior Minister Néstor Reverol

Venezuela Announces Plan to Combat Rampant Kidnapping

Venezuela's interior ministry has announced a new plan to combat kidnapping in the country, but it's doubtful the strategy will slow the country's steep rise in abductions for ransom. 

A bus belonging to Transportes Frontera

Tamaulipas Kidnapping Highlights Insecurity in Border Region

The abduction of 15 individuals from a bus traveling between Mexico's northeastern states of Tamaulipas and Coahuila highlights insecurity in Mexico's border states, and recalls previous episodes of mass kidnappings of migrants as immigration into the United States surges.

Migrants held hostage in Mexico

Mexico Migrant Kidnappings on the Rise?

Migration activists in Mexico are warning about a growth in the number of kidnappings of migrants by crime groups, and they blame the government's policies for exacerbating the situation.