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The Felix Gallardo organization (Guadalajara OCG)

The Felix Gallardo organization (Guadalajara OCG)

Historically, Mexican organized criminal groups operated in distinct regions of the country building their enterprises through a variety of illicit activities. They did not come into conflict with one another, and were even known to act cooperatively at times with one group paying for safe passage through another’s territory.

Unique Aspects of Human Trafficking in Eurasia

“Human trafficking exists in all parts of the world, but it is not the same phenomenon [everywhere]. Just as slavery was different in different parts of the world historically, so is human trafficking today,” stated Louise Shelley, University Professor, School of Public Policy and Director, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), George Mason University, and Former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute at an 18 April 2011 Kennan Institute event.

Organized Crime in Central America: The Northern Triangle (No. 29)

Wilson Center Reports on the Americas No. 29: Organized Crime in Central America: The Northern Triangle

Certification: The Path to Conflict-Free Minerals from Congo

The conflict minerals movement is gaining traction. The movement is a pragmatic effort to address one of the principal drivers of atrocities and conflict throughout Congo’s tortured history: the scramble for control of Congo's vast mineral resources. In eastern Congo today, these mineral resources are financing multiple armed groups, many of whom use mass rape as a deliberate strategy to intimidate and control local populations.