By Mariela Rosario | 08/11/2009 - 12:56
Since 1993, countless women have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez, their bodies displaying signs of sexual abuse and torture, dumped in empty lots and ditches around the city. Most of the murders remain unsolved, even after the creation of a special prosecutor's office to look into the crimes. After a spike in media interest in the story back in 2006—culminating in 2007 with the publication of Daughters of Juarez, a book by journalist Teresa Rodriguez—these women were forgotten.
By Anabell Romero | 07/30/2009 - 11:46
The home of the police commander of Veracruz, Mexico, Jesus Antonio Romero, was set on fire on Wednesday morning, killing him and his family. Romero had just recently been appointed operations chief for the joint police force of Veracruz and Boca del Rio when an unknown number of gunmen attacked his home.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 06/23/2009 - 09:37
It has been over two weeks since a fire at a day care center killed 47 children in Hermosillo, and since then evidence has piled up suggesting a chain of negligence contributed to the blaze, The New York Times reports. The revelations have led to outrage and, thanks to the country’s rampant corruption, resignation.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/27/2009 - 11:00
Mexican authorities have detained 27 high-ranking officials—including 10 mayors, a judge and an aide to the governor of Michoacan—on suspicion of corruption and cooperation with infamous drug cartels. These latest arrests come just a few short days after members of the Mihoacan drug cartel known as La Familia were detained. La Familia is largely considered to be one of the most violent drug gangs in Mexico.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/14/2009 - 12:20
Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom has been hit with allegations that he ordered and then covered up the murder of Rodrigo Rosenberg, 47, a Guatemalan lawyer who has shocked the country with a posthumous video implicating the president in his assassination.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/02/2009 - 15:55
The Mexican Army recently detained 23 municipal police officers in Tijuana, a border city, for suspicion that they are involved in organized crime.
The Attorney General said that the officers would be charged under the Federal Law Against Organized Crime, but would not provide specific details on the case. This latest round-up is the government’s most recent effort to purge Mexico's municipal and state police forces of members associated with the drug cartels currently waging war in the country.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/18/2009 - 12:30
Alvaro Acosta, chief of one of the police forces in Mexico City, was arrested recently for hiring hit men to shoot municipal prosecutor Victor Hugo Moneda. Moneda, a prosecutor for the district attorney’s office of the capital city, was gunned down in December of 2008.
Hit man Darkin Emanuel Grimaldo Lopez was arrested and charged as one of the shooters and investigators say that information obtained from Grimaldo eventually led them back to Acosta. Acosta now stands accused of masterminding the murder of Moneda.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/03/2009 - 14:15
Two short days after promising to purge the government of corruption, the President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, fired 700 police officers and forced the resignation of 31 more military and police generals.