Organized Crime News

Latin American Program in the News: La política de la seguridad ciudadana

Nov 14, 2013
Wilson Center scholar Lucía Dammert authors an opinion piece for Informe Regional de Desarrollo Humano about the criminal phenomenon in Latin America, and how the daily lives of Latin Americans are impacted by ineffectual government and a rising crime rate. She discusses the need for political change in order to achieve citizen security in the region. This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: Blackwell, OEA: "no es aceptable que un marero utilice tecnología desde los penales"

Oct 31, 2013
Ambassador Adam Blackwell, Secretary of Multidimensional Security at the Organization of American States, discusses ideas presented by him and other speakers at the Latin American Program's event "What Happens When Governments Negotiate with Criminal Networks? Case Studies from the Americas." This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: La palabra clave es la regulación

Oct 09, 2013
In an interview with Plaza Pública (Guatemala) Juan Carlos Garzón, a Wilson Center visiting scholar, discusses the current debate on drugs and narcotrafficking. He discusses the shifting conversation on 'the war on drugs' and changing views in the United States and across Latin America about drugs and drug policy. This article is in Spanish.

Drug gang violence: Very bad things are happening in Honduras

Aug 13, 2013
This article on drug-related gang violence in Honduras and the region quotes Eric Olson.

Border Drug Busts Putting Strain On Texas County's Budget

Aug 06, 2013
Eric Olson is quoted in this article on an increase on drug possession charges impacting Texas’ Hudspeth County’s budget.

Op-Eds and Media Highlights: Summer 2013

Jul 31, 2013
See op-eds and select media appearances for our staff, scholars, and affiliates.

Latin American Program in the News: "Efecto cucaracha" en bandas de región C.A.

Jul 26, 2013
This article on organized crime groups in Central America extensively cites the Latin America Program’s report, “The Criminal Diaspora,” edited by Juan Carlos Garzón and Eric Olson. This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: After kingpin’s capture, new battlegrounds emerge along Texas-Mexico border

Jul 26, 2013
This article on the effects of the capture of Zetas leader quotes Eric Olson and Gema Santamaría, one of the contributing authors of our most recent publication, The Criminal Diaspora.

Latin American Program in the News: Guatemala: la cambiante cara del narco

Jul 26, 2013
This article on drug-related violence cites Colby Goodman´s paper, “U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Guatemala and Mexico.”

Latin American Program in the News: Cynthia Arnson sobre El Salvador: La intensa polarización es un obstáculo a la lucha contra grupos criminales

Jul 26, 2013
This article features an interview with Cynthia Arnson about criminal groups in El Salvador. This article is in Spanish.

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