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Elites and Organized Crime
is a multiyear project financed by the International Development Research Centre that investigates the dynamics between organized crime and elites in four countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Colombia.
In our October 19 Facebook Live session, Co-director Steven Dudley and Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello spoke about InSight Crime's new investigation into the Urbina Soto family in Honduras, and their criminal legacy.
The investigation details how members of this powerful clan came to dominate the department of Yoro, and run criminal enterprises ranging from illegal logging to moving drug shipments north. Their political tentacles reached to the highest levels of government, and they also held a tight rein on local police and judicial matters in the area.
Watch the full conversation below:
Mexico's top prosecutor has stepped down less than a year after taking office amid growing pressure to tackle widespread corruption. The resignation serves as another example of civil society's influence in fighting graft in the region, but it also raises questions about whether his successor can make a difference.
Members of the US Congress have called for sanctions to be implemented against individuals involved in acts of corruption in Guatemala, where a long-running battle over the country's anti-graft efforts continues to play out.
While Honduran drug traffickers testify in US courts about their ties with the country's political class, a presidential advisor in Honduras has no qualms about saying that the links between criminals and candidates encompass all political parties.
A journalistic investigation has revealed that Enrique Rais, a fugitive from corruption charges in El Salvador who is also reportedly the subject of a US investigation, has been living in a luxurious hideout in Switzerland, showcasing how Salvadoran elites are able to use their influence to evade justice.