Security Policy

Security Policy

  • Weekly InSight: An Open Discussion on Crime and Corruption in Latin America

    Protestors in Guatemala

    In our September 21 Facebook Live Session, Co-director Steven Dudley and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed some of our viewers' questions concerning the most pressing crime and corruption issues in Latin America.

  • El Salvador Police Running 'Clandestine Jails': Report

    El Salvador police officers

    Officers of El Salvador's national police are allegedly running "clandestine jails" where they illegally hold suspected gang members, another indication of the extreme anti-gang methods being employed by security forces already implicated in death squad activities.

  • Proposed US Gang Deportation Law Could Sweep Up Innocents

    ICE agents deport an alleged gang member

    The US House of Representatives has backed a bill designed to facilitate the deportation of suspected gang members, which could affect the many immigrants misidentified as gang members in notoriously problem-ridden databases around the United States.

  • Jamaica's New Security Plan Off to Inauspicious Beginning

    A soldier deployed in a Zone of Special Operations

    Based on erroneous and false information, the Jamaican government has launched a new initiative to corral criminal groups in what is possibly the wrong urban zone, residents of the area claim. 

  • Apparent Extrajudicial Execution in Mexico Adds to the Growing List

    The vehicle in which three suspects were shot and killed by Mexican police

    A video of what appears to be a series of extrajudicial killings by a Mexican police officer in the border city of Reynosa is yet another example of how a combination of frustration with inefficient justice systems, a lack of resources, corruption and little oversight are helping to foster a regional epidemic of security force abuses.

  • What Does Departure of Top US Anti-Drug Diplomat Mean for LatAm Policy?

    Top US anti-drug diplomat William Brownfield

    The planned resignation of the US State Department's top anti-drug official raises further questions about the future of US counternarcotics efforts in Latin America, against a backdrop of uncertainty surrounding the policy preferences of the administration of President Donald Trump.

  • Can Mariachi Cops Strum Away Mexico's Security Blues?

    A Federal Police Unit takes up instruments to fight organized crime

    Members of a federal police unit in Mexico have traded in their weapons for musical instruments in an effort to increase public trust in the institution, but doubts remain as to how much the move can actually improve the image of the force against the backdrop of the country's deteriorating security situation.

  • Six Colombian Cities Lead the Way in Using Big Data to Stop Crime

    Medellín, Colombia, famed for its crime reduction programs

    Crime and violence have been around for centuries, in Latin America and the Caribbean, and around the world. But our understanding of why people commit crimes and why they commit crimes in given places and not in others remains incipient.

  • Rio de Janeiro Crime Map Could Help Target 'Hot Spots'

    Organized crime groups control 843 areas in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro State

    Authorities in Rio de Janeiro have mapped out areas of Brazil's second-biggest city that are under the control of criminal organizations, potentially enabling them to better target crime control resources amid growing insecurity in the metropolis.

  • Colombia's FARC Finalize Disarmament Today. What's Next?

    The FARC will now begin reintegrating into civilian life

    August 15 is the final day of the historic disarmament of Colombia's FARC rebels, paving the way for the next crucial part of the peace process: successfully reintegrating them into society. But the former combatants are vulnerable and tensions are high. Will the government be able to prevent the deterioration of Colombia's security situation andensure that demobilized fighters do not return to crime?