Gangs like MS-13 are increasingly portrayed as threats to U.S. national security. But they are also the product of U.S. policies that deport criminal offenders back to Central America, where they have fueled the violence that has sent many refugees fleeing north, say two researchers.
Mexico’s prolonged drug war has taken a significant psychological toll on all of its citizens, not just direct victims of violence, according to a study from the Mexican Center for Economic Research and Teaching. Researchers found symptoms of depression and deep emotional distress, fueled as much by state-sponsored military violence as by the gruesome actions of crime cartels.
If incoming Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wants to undo his nation’s culture of violence, he needs to focus his resources on the large numbers of young people without jobs or prospects around the country, according to a leading expert on Latin America.
As a Brexit deadline approaches, UK police officers stand to instantly lose vital access to cross-border investigative powers and crucial databases. Police leaders have implored the UK Home Secretary to make contingency plans.
After winning the Mexican presidency in a landslide, Andrés Manuel López Obrador plans to leverage his strong political mandate to tackle the rampant violence that has ravaged the country for more than a decade. He faces a daunting task.
Federal prosecutions of importers for fraud increased by 900 percent between 2000 and 2016, according to a study in the Oregon Review of International Law. But the government has barely scratched the surface of criminal activity that has cost millions of dollars in lost revenue and endangered the health of Americans, say the authors.
Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a long road ahead to dismantle corrupt politics and end rampant violence in Mexico, according to experts. “I think the biggest hurdle is that corruption is everywhere and the biggest challenge is where do you start?” David Shirk, an expert on security in Mexico, told The Crime Report.
Rafael Marquez, the captain of Mexico’s World Cup soccer team, was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last year for allegedly laundering cash for a powerful Mexican drug trafficker. Should he be representing his country?
Organized crime has developed one of the region’s most prolific drug pipelines into the Dominican Republic, exploiting the growing political instability in Venezuela, according to an InSight Crime investigation.
A report by the Open Society Justice Initiative calls for an international investigation of two massacres committed by drug gangs in the Mexican state of Coahuila on the U.S. border that left 450 people dead. The incidents illustrate what researchers say is a nationwide pattern of collusion between narco-cartels and corrupt authorities that has turned the U.S. closest southern neighbor into a killing ground.