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2017 homicide rates in Latin America

This article summarizes 2017 homicide data for Latin America and the Caribbean. Venezuela had the highest rate, 89 per 100,000 population, with over 20% of killings attributed to security forces. Chile had the lowest rate at 3.3, followed by Ecuador, … Continue reading

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Bribes common in Latin America & Caribbean

One in three people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean report paying a bribe for public services in the last year, according to this article, citing Transparency International. The rate was highest in Mexico at 50%. About half of all … Continue reading

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Department of Bribery

The Brazilian company Odebrecht had a “Department of Bribery” that paid almost $800 million in bribes over a 15-year period in order to win at least $3.5 billion worth of contracts in 12 countries in South America, Central America, and … Continue reading

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Peru needs more police, not military

According to this article, Peru’s new president wants to use police to control crime, not the military. His stance is in line with international opinion but observers say it can only work if police corruption and brutality problems are addressed.

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Why is there so much crime in Latin America?

This short blog post addresses the question, “Why is there so much crime in Latin America?” The region has enjoyed economic and social improvements over the last decade, but also increases in crime and violence.

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Perceptions of insecurity in Latin America

This article reviews trends in public opinion toward crime in Central and South America. Venezuelans registered the strongest feelings of insecurity in 2014 while residents of Trinidad & Tobago were most likely to rate security as the most important problem … Continue reading

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Self-defense groups in Peru

This article traces the development of civilian self-defense groups in coca-producing regions of rural Peru. These groups seem more community-based than the paramilitary groups previously operating in Colombia, and they seem to collaborate with security forces more routinely than the … Continue reading

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