Western Hemisphere

The Rise in Homicides and Drug Trafficking in Costa Rica
.Homicide rates in Costa Rica have edged up steadily over the past six years, exceeding 600 in 2017, with the potential for this trend to continue…

The ELN Blockade and Carnival in Colombia
Hours after the January 9 expiration of a four-month ceasefire, the National Liberation Army (ELN) resumed attacks on Colombia’s law enforcement…

Mexico Year in Review: Private-Sector Security Posture
Mexico reported an all-time high for murders in 2017, with a record 29,168 incidents throughout the year – a 27% increase from 2016. Mexico has been…

Consular Affairs Bulletins

Demonstration Alert: Asuncion (Paraguay), Demonstrations in Downtown on February 21, 2018
Demonstrations are expected to take place on February 21, 2018 beginning at 6am and lasting all day. The demonstration is being organized by taxi…

Demonstration Alert: La Paz (Bolivia), February 21, 2018
Multiple Bolivian civic groups throughout the country have announced demonstrations and strikes for February 21, 2018, to include work stoppages,…