Costa Rica homicide rate hits record high
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Costa Rica homicide rate hits record high

Zach Dyer - December 15, 2015

Costa Rica hit a troubling milestone over the weekend, surpassing the country's previous homicide record for a given year. After several years of decreasing or stable homicide rates, the number of…

Organized crime prosecutor named new director of Costa Rica’s investigative police
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Organized crime prosecutor named new director of Costa Rica’s investigative police

Zach Dyer - November 24, 2015

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court elected assistant prosecutor Walter Espinoza as the new chief of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) on Monday. Espinoza, a 47-year-old prosecutor specializing in…

Costa Rica authorities smash local organized crime ring involved in drug trafficking, homicides
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Costa Rica authorities smash local organized crime ring involved in drug trafficking, homicides

David Boddiger - October 27, 2015

It was a busy morning for Costa Rica's law enforcement agencies. Agents from the Drug Control Police, the Judicial Investigation Police, and other agencies conducted 29 raids in…

Costa Rica’s Solís authorizes strategy to fight money laundering, terrorism financing
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Costa Rica’s Solís authorizes strategy to fight money laundering, terrorism financing

George Rodriguez - July 11, 2015

President Luis Guillermo Solís signed on Friday a presidential decree authorizing the National Strategy to Fight against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. The strategy was presented Thursday by his administration during…

Organized crime and local power struggles blamed in murder of three Guatemalan journalists
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Organized crime and local power struggles blamed in murder of three Guatemalan journalists

AFP - March 17, 2015

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — Deadly attacks against three journalists in southern Guatemala last week could be revenge for their work exposing corruption and organized crime, government officials,…

Two reporters shot dead, third injured in Guatemala
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Two reporters shot dead, third injured in Guatemala

AFP - March 11, 2015

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — Gunmen shot dead two Guatemalan reporters and injured a third Tuesday in the southern city of Mazatenango. Witnesses said men on motorbikes killed Danilo López,…

Arrest of four Honduran military police officers fuels controversy over newly created force
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Arrest of four Honduran military police officers fuels controversy over newly created force

George Rodríguez - February 19, 2015

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The recent arrest of four members of the Honduran military police has stoked ongoing controversy surrounding the newly created force. Last week, four members…

Guatemala has no idea how many of its undocumented citizens live in the United States
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Guatemala has no idea how many of its undocumented citizens live in the United States

George Rodríguez - February 7, 2015

An estimated two million Guatemalan immigrants living in the United States are undocumented, but not even the Guatemalan government knows the actual number, immigration attorney Pablo Solares…

Mexico seeks crematorium owner after 60 bodies found
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Mexico seeks crematorium owner after 60 bodies found

Allan Garcia | AFP - February 6, 2015

ACAPULCO, Mexico – Mexican police launched a manhunt Friday for the owner of an abandoned crematorium after 60 bodies, including children, were found rotting in the facility…

From ‘America’s Mayor’ to international security guru: Rudy Giuliani sends experts to El Salvador
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From ‘America’s Mayor’ to international security guru: Rudy Giuliani sends experts to El Salvador

George Rodríguez - January 26, 2015

Rudolph “Rudy” Giuliani, the former New York City mayor (1994-2001) credited with dramatically reducing crime in the Big Apple, is about to take on a major challenge:…