InSight Crime: Criminal Groups Benefit from Mexico’s Crackdown on Migrants

Criminal groups and corrupt officials are the main beneficiaries of a US inspired shift in Mexico's policy that is endangering migrants, according to a new report, and the recent US decision to allow more Central American immigrants refugee status will do little to protect them from abuse south of the Rio Grande.

InSight Crime: Criminal Groups Benefit from Mexico’s Crackdown on Migrants

July 28 2016, InSight Crime, Deborah Bonello — Criminal groups and corrupt officials are the main beneficiaries of a US inspired shift in Mexico‘s policy that is endangering migrants, according to a new report, and the recent US decision to allow more Central American immigrants refugee status will do little to protect them from abuse south of […]

InSight Crime: Reporter Murdered in Veracruz, Mexico Was Under Police Protection

The third reporter murdered in the southern Mexico state of Veracruz this year was gunned down in front of his family despite being under police protection at the time, illustrating the dangers of working as a journalist in a hub for drug and human trafficking that is plagued by corruption-fueled violence.

InSight Crime: Reporter Murdered in Veracruz, Mexico Was Under Police Protection

July 25 2016, InSight Crime, Deborah Bonello — The third reporter murdered in the southern Mexico state of Veracruz this year was gunned down in front of his family despite being under police protection at the time, illustrating the dangers of working as a journalist in a hub for drug and human trafficking that is plagued by corruption-fueled violence. Pedro Tamayo […]

InSight Crime: Mexico President Claims Homicide Drop Despite Uptick in Killings

The public relations campaign for Mexico’s militarized crackdown on organized crime and its effectiveness in restoring public security continued this week, but the data doesn't back up President Enrique Peña Nieto's claims.

InSight Crime: Mexico President Claims Homicide Drop Despite Uptick in Killings

July 14 2016, InSight Crime, Deborah Bonello — The public relations campaign for Mexico’s militarized crackdown on organized crime and its effectiveness in restoring public security continued this week, but the data doesn’t back up President Enrique Peña Nieto’s claims. The president assured Mexicans that on a national scale there have been important reductions in […]

InSight Crime: Latest Guerrero, Mexico Arrest Promises Little Change in Insecurity

The capture of an alleged local Knights Templar chief on the coast of Guerrero promises to bring down insecurity in one of Mexico's most violent states, say authorities. But it will take more than that to stave the soaring homicide rate in the country's top heroin-producing region.

InSight Crime: Latest Guerrero, Mexico Arrest Promises Little Change in Insecurity

The capture of an alleged local Knights Templar chief on the coast of Guerrero promises to bring down insecurity in one of Mexico’s most violent states, say authorities. But it will take more than that to stave the soaring homicide rate in the country’s top heroin-producing region.

InSight Crime: UN Reports Small Decrease in Bolivia Coca Cultivation

Coca cultivation in Bolivia has reached its lowest levels since United Nations monitoring began in 2003, moving the country closer to policy makers' de facto cap on coca crops. But as transnational drug trafficking intensifies, the world’s third-largest coca producer remains under pressure to do more.

InSight Crime: UN Reports Small Decrease in Bolivia Coca Cultivation

Coca cultivation in Bolivia has reached its lowest levels since United Nations monitoring began in 2003, moving the country closer to policy makers’ de facto cap on coca crops. But as transnational drug trafficking intensifies, the world’s third-largest coca producer remains under pressure to do more.

InSight Crime: Criminal Activity Spreading Fire in Guatemala’s Maya Reserve

Criminal groups are burning huge swathes of protected forests in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve to put down more landing strips for moving drugs out of the country, increasing the environmental damage caused by a variety of criminal activity in the zone.

InSight Crime: Criminal Activity Spreading Fire in Guatemala’s Maya Reserve

Criminal groups are burning huge swathes of protected forests in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve to put down more landing strips for moving drugs out of the country, increasing the environmental damage caused by a variety of criminal activity in the zone.

InSight Crime: Elites, Organized Crime Share Long History in Tamaulipas, Mexico

The future of the recently elected governor in Tamaulipas, one of Mexico’s most criminally infested states, depends on punishing his predecessors for past sins of corruption and collusion with criminal networks, according to the author of a new book on the subject.

InSight Crime: Elites, Organized Crime Share Long History in Tamaulipas, Mexico

The future of the recently elected governor in Tamaulipas, one of Mexico’s most criminally infested states, depends on punishing his predecessors for past sins of corruption and collusion with criminal networks, according to the author of a new book on the subject.

InSight Crime: Mexico Publishes Poppy Cultivation Data for First Time

Mexico has for the first time released its own estimates for the amount of land dedicated to poppy cultivation, and the figures contradict expectations that the government would downplay the extent of its poppy problem.

InSight Crime: Mexico Publishes Poppy Cultivation Data for First Time

Mexico has for the first time released its own estimates for the amount of land dedicated to poppy cultivation, and the figures contradict expectations that the government would downplay the extent of its poppy problem.

InSight Crime: Alleged Operative in European Crime Syndicate Arrested in Spain

News of the arrest of the right-hand man of alleged British drug kingpin Robert Dawes -- accused of trafficking drugs from South America to Europe -- has emerged. The Spanish Civil Guard took Dutchman Emiel Brummer into custody on the coast of Malaga, Spain, following a joint operation with the Dutch police and help from Interpol.

News of the arrest of the right-hand man of alleged British drug kingpin Robert Dawes — accused of trafficking drugs from South America to Europe — has emerged. The Spanish Civil Guard took Dutchman Emiel Brummer into custody on the coast of Malaga, Spain, following a joint operation with the Dutch police and help from Interpol.

InSight Crime: Mexico’s Public Security Lost 13,000 Weapons in 10 Years

Nearly 13,000 guns have been lost or stolen from Mexico’s public security agencies over the last ten years, according to a recent report, a telling reminder that the country's black market weapons don't just come from north of the border.

InSight Crime: Mexico’s Public Security Lost 13,000 Weapons in 10 Years

Nearly 13,000 guns have been lost or stolen from Mexico’s public security agencies over the last ten years, according to a recent report.

InSight Crime: Are Zetas, Mexico Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity?

Mexico's Zetas crime syndicate and the government forces tasked with fighting it are both likely guilty of crimes against humanity according to a new report that calls for the establishment of an international body to independently investigate atrocities and fight impunity in the country.

InSight Crime: Are Zetas, Mexico Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity?

Mexico’s Zetas crime syndicate and the government forces tasked with fighting it are both likely guilty of crimes against humanity, says a new study.

InSight Crime: Accusations Cloud Mexico’s Upcoming Elections

The run-up to Mexico's June 5 gubernatorial elections has been beset with reports linking candidates to organized crime, and voters could knock President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional - PRI) out of historical strongholds for the first time in states long infected by criminal gangs.

InSight Crime: Accusations Cloud Mexico’s Upcoming Elections

The run-up to Mexico’s June 5 gubernatorial elections has been beset with reports linking candidates to organized crime, and voters could knock the PRI out of historical strongholds for the first time.