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Organized Crime

Winter 2012​ | Volume XI, Number 2

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

First Take

Reflections on Crime

Organized Crime as Human Rights Issue

Organized Crime as Human Rights Issue

English + Español
It was a horrifying scene— 72 people murdered all at once. One survivor bore witness to the massacre. The dead were migrants, mostly Central Americans; 58 men and 14 women trying to…

Mexico and Central America

Mexico’s Challenges

Mexico’s Challenges

When Felipe Calderón took oath as Mexico’s president, he identified security policy—particularly a struggle against criminal organizations—as the flagship policy of his administration. Like…

The Zetas’ Bad Omen

The Zetas’ Bad Omen

In organized crime, the Zetas are like cancer. Once bad cells take a hold of an area, their metastatic nature soon spreads them in all directions. The Zetas defy smaller countries like…

Fighting for Security in Mexico

Fighting for Security in Mexico

The last time I collaborated with ReVista I wrote the introduction of an edition dedicated to Latin America’s Year of Elections (Spring/Summer 2006). In those days, the most important academic…

Societal Responses

Investigating Organized Crime

Investigating Organized Crime

Medellin, Colombia, February 2009. Two journalists, with more than twenty years of experience between them covering Latin America, were engaging in a familiar lament over a couple of beers. Nobody was paying for serious investigation of organized…

The Chilean Experience

The Chilean Experience

When I moved to Chile more than a decade ago, I experienced a professional crisis. What would a security expert do in Chile, one of the safest countries in Latin America? For a long time I had…

Across Borders

Organized and Disorganized Crime

Organized and Disorganized Crime

In some countries of the Caribbean, crime has taken on a new face. It is true that criminal violence can hardly be considered a new phenomenon in the region. Puerto Rico and Jamaica…

After the UPPs

After the UPPs

Growing up in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, I was constantly aware of serious public safety problems. That probably played a big role in my choice of profession and specialization. Rio is a…

Human Trafficking

Transmigration in Mexico

Transmigration in Mexico

English + Español
En abril del 2010 una delegación oficial de El Salvador encabezada por Francis Hato Hasbún, el Secretario de Asuntos Estratégicos del gobierno del Presidente Mauricio Funes, visitó México…

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

In his foreword to the 2000 United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan noted the imperative of effective cross-border law…

A Crooked Gauntlet

A Crooked Gauntlet

More than a hundred Central Americans —including 21 minors and three infants—had been trapped in a forced labor camp in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez until discovered by Mexican…

Making a Difference

Book Talk

Haiti After The Quake

Haiti After The Quake

There is always movement in Haiti. The political, social and ecological terrains are ever-shifting, yet they remain intrinsically connected. Thus the island’s tropical ecology once lured…