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US Congress Members Request Investigation of El Salvador Official Linked to Organized Crime

US Congress Members Request Investigation of El Salvador Official Linked to Organized Crime

Fourteen members of the US Congress, including Democrats and Republicans, signed a letter on June 21 in which they called upon the Treasury Department to open an official investigation of Salvadoran political leader and current Vice Minister of Foreign Relations José Luis Merino for "long-standing associations with transnational organized criminal networks [that] are the subject of US criminal investigations."

Weekly InSight: Brazil Elites and Organized Crime, Systemic Corruption or Mafia State?

Weekly InSight: Brazil Elites and Organized Crime, Systemic Corruption or Mafia State?

In our June 22 Facebook Live discussion, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke with Matthew Taylor, an associate professor at American University, about recent developments in a massive, unfolding corruption scandal in Brazil.

Peru Political Leader Headed Violent Land Trafficking Group: Officials

Peru Political Leader Headed Violent Land Trafficking Group: Officials

The arrest in Peru of a mayoral delegate and dozens of his suspected accomplices for running a violent land trafficking scheme highlights how decentralizing political power opens more avenues for organized crime on the local level.

Panama Ex-President Arrested in US, Could Be Extradited on Graft Charges

Panama Ex-President Arrested in US, Could Be Extradited on Graft Charges

Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli has been arrested in Miami and may now be extradited to face multiple criminal charges in his home country, at time when the future of US-Central America cooperation in fighting impunity remains uncertain.

US Extradition Request Depicts Deep Ties between Guatemala Ex-VP and Zetas

US Extradition Request Depicts Deep Ties between Guatemala Ex-VP and Zetas

The US extradition request for Guatemala's former vice president Roxana Baldetti offers new details on her drug trafficking connections, linking her to the Mexican cartel the Zetas. The new revelations highlight the nature of the mafia state she helped oversee.

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Organized crime and the violence associated with it is the preeminent problem in Latin America and the Caribbean today. The region is currently home to six of the most violent countries in the world that are not at war. Four of those countries are in Central America, where we centered our research.