EXPLAINERS

21 August, 2023

Ecuador has gone from being one of the most peaceful countries in the Americas, to having one of the highest homicides rates in the region. Why is this happening? Here’s what you need to know.

Text: Josefina Salomon

Ilustration: Sergio Ortiz Borbolla

01 August, 2023

In Colombia, one out of every three women deprived of their liberty was accused of crimes related to drug trafficking. Their situation doesn’t always improve when they are released from prison.

Text: Josefina Salomon

Ilustration: Sergio Ortiz Borbolla

31 July, 2023

For the past 50 years, drug policies have disproportionately affected marginalized populations. So far, they haven’t worked.

Text: Josefina Salomon

Illustration: Sergio Ortiz Borbolla

08 September, 2023

Ha sido adorada, denostada, analizada al infinito y el centro de eternos debates internacionales. Pocas sustancias tienen una historia tan larga y fascinante como la cocaína, y semejante impacto en el mundo. Aquí, los eventos más destacados que la llevaron hasta hoy.

Text: Josefina Salomon

Ilustration: Sergio Ortiz Borbolla

14 September, 2023

We spoke with Bram Ebus, journalist and leader of Amazon Underworld, an investigative project that explores the criminal dynamics in the area, as well as their impact on the environment and its inhabitants.

Text: Josefina Salomon

Illustration: Sergio Ortiz Borbolla

24 August , 2023

Violence at the hands of criminal organizations and a lack of government protection are pushing many journalists to self-censor or leave the country, creating serious information gaps. These are their stories. 

Text: Ronna Rísquez

Illustration: Sergio Ortiz Borbolla

31July, 2023

Women make up for the fastest- growing prison population in Latin America, and the world. We explore who they are, why they are behind bars and the alternatives some governments are implementing.

Text: Josefina Salomon

Illustration: Sergio Ortiz Borbolla

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05 October, 2023

The Tren de Aragua is one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Venezuela, and in Latin America. Journalist Ronna Rísquez, who has followed its trail for years, explains everything you need to know to understand it.

Text: Ronna Rísquez

Ilustration: Sergio Ortiz Borbolla

4 September, 2023

It is an anaesthetic and appetite suppressant, capable of providing bursts of energy. It is also dangerously addictive, with potentially deadly side effects. Governments have been trying to curb its use for decades, but its production and use is steadily increasing. Here’s everything you need to know about cocaine.

Text: Josefina Salomon

Illustration: Sergio Ortiz Borbolla

31 July, 2023

Marginalized women make up for the fastest- growing prison population in Latin America, most held on non-violent drug trafficking charges. We spoke with Coletta Youngers about this silent crisis.

Text: Josefina Salomon

Illustration: Sergio Ortiz Borbolla

01 August, 2023

Baz Dreisinger, journalist and author of Incarceration Nations, argues that prisons fail to halt crime, and proposes alternative models of justice.

Text: Josefina Salomon

Ilustración: Sergio Ortiz Borbolla