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Dominican drug rehab centers are struggling to keep up with a rise in crack and cocaine addiction, a consequence of the country’s decades-long role as a transshipment point in the international drug trade. Read more» 1

Just how far have Mexican gangs spread beyond their borders? Read more»

Guatemalan police pursue drug traffickers in Guatemala City on Sept 15, 2010.

Guatemala “has a growing presence of Mexican drug cartels that have escalated the violence” and have recruited Guatemalan criminals to aid them. Read more»

A crime scene in Guatemala, 2009.

A few strokes after 7 a.m. on a recent Friday, Jesus Alfonso sat in the photo department of El Periodico newspaper office, waiting for what in Guatemala has become the inevitable: a heinous crime. “Not just a murder. We don’t cover all the murders. We can’t. It has be more serious,” he said. Read more»

Children of Haitian workers run on the sugar cane plantation where their parents labor in Dominican Republic, 2008. Children born in the Dominican Republic to illegal immigrant parents—mostly Haitians—are denied citizenship.

Thousands — and potentially hundreds of thousands — of people who were born on Dominican soil to illegal immigrants are being told that they aren't citizens of the Caribbean nation. Read more»

The army patrols the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, after unrest triggered by the government's attempt to capture Christopher Coke, who faces extradition to the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.

With the United States and Mexico working to tighten their border, which is the preferred drug trafficking route, the Caribbean is “re-emerging as a corridor” for South American drugs to get to the U.S Read more» 1

A year ago, Domingo Castillo Yoc lived with three siblings and his parents in a rural village. Today, he stands guard in front of a small shipping business in a dodgy neighborhood in Guatemala City. Read more»