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Diana Urbina Soto, Juan Orlando Hernández, and Arnaldo Urbina Soto at campaign event.

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:

The Incorruptible app lets citizens report acts of corruption

A number of civil organizations in Mexico have introduced a new mobile phone application designed for citizens to report corruption, something that is becoming more common elsewhere in the region despite uncertainty surrounding their efficacy.

Former Mexico Attorney General Raúl Cervantes Andrade

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.

The Swiss town of Morges, where Enrique Raís has fled

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.

Former FARC fighters are deserting the peace process and returning to crime

The Colombian government has released estimates indicating that only a small percentage of former FARC guerrillas have abandoned the peace process. But InSight Crime field research indicates that the actual number of dissidents is much higher, and could be growing due to issues related to the implementation of a November 2016 peace agreement with the rebel group.

Venezuela's gubernatorial elections results have been met with fraud allegations

Venezuela's ruling party has reportedly won a majority of governorships throughout the country in a recent election that was denounced as fradulent by opposition groups. But the real winner of the controversial vote seems to be organized crime, as the current administration has both supported and received support from criminal elements to which it is closely tied.

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