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Costa Rica Local Drug Consumption Fueling Rising Murder Rate

Costa Rica Local Drug Consumption Fueling Rising Murder Rate

An increase in domestic drug sales and consumption in Costa Rica appears to be fueling rising homicides, but authorities have tended to blame foreign crime groups rather than focusing on internal factors behind increasing violence.

LatAm is Most Murderous Region for Land, Environmental Activists: Report

LatAm is Most Murderous Region for Land, Environmental Activists: Report

Latin America is the most dangerous region in the world for activists fighting for their land or trying to safeguard the environment, according to a Global Witness report, which also provides insight into why these defenders are at such high risk.

InSide Colombia's BACRIM: Murder

InSide Colombia's BACRIM: Murder

  Life of a Sicario Anatomy of a Hit   The BACRIM's control over territories such as the north Colombian region of Bajo Cauca comes at the point of a gun, and death is a constant price of their power. In rural sectors, uniformed BACRIM armed with assault rifles still patrol in units that are a throwback to their paramilitary origins. But in the urban centers, their capacity for violence lies with their more hidden networks of "sicarios," or hitmen. Life of a Sicario The sicario is one of the more specialized roles amongst the ranks of the BACRIM. Their only job is to kill or to...

Report Underscores Mexico's Flawed Response to Rising Violence

Report Underscores Mexico's Flawed Response to Rising Violence

A new report on high-impact crimes in Mexico underscores that violence and insecurity continue to be grave problems, raising further questions about the country's lack of effective strategies to combat growing violence.

Why Jamaica's Homicide Rate Is Up 20%

Why Jamaica's Homicide Rate Is Up 20%

Jamaica's homicide rate has risen steeply in 2017, in what is likely the symptom of a splintering underworld.

Homicides in Guatemala: The Challenge and Lessons of Disaggregating Gang-related and Drug Trafficking-related Murders.

Homicides in Guatemala: The Challenge and Lessons of Disaggregating Gang-related and Drug Trafficking-related Murders.