The Vestiges Project: A catalog of objects from slain Mexican journalists
Por Félix Márquez / QUINTO ELEMENTO LAB Y ARTÍCULO 19
The Vestiges Project is a catalog of objects recovered by the families of six journalists murdered during the last decade in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.
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Despite lynchings, the pandemic, closed shelters — migrants still pushing north
Por Rodrigo Soberanes
The sounds of a locomotive hitching up train cars attracted people lurking in the shadows and hideouts around the train tracks of Tierra Blanca, Veracruz. They were migrants intent on catching the northbound train to continue their journeys Ver más
The hardest part is turning back: Migrating under Covid-19 rules
Por Rodrigo Soberanes
The pandemic changed the migration flow at Mexico’s border with Guatemala, and completely altered the dynamics that emerged in October 2018 when hundreds of thousands of Central Americans arrived in migrant caravans. Covid-19 upended the map. Ver más
A nation overwhelmed by its dead
Por Efraín Tzuc and Marcela Turati
Since the beginning of the “war on drugs,” more than 38,500 unidentified bodies have been delivered to the country’s morgues, ending up in refrigerated rooms, mass graves, or medical schools. Some of these bodies were disappeared from the state government registries, left in funeral homes or incinerated. This investigation reveals the magnitude of the country’s crisis in dealing with the remains of murder victims. Ver más
HSBC: Dirty money and white collars
Por IGNACIO RODRÍGUEZ REYNA, ZORAYDA GALLEGOS, SILBER MEZA
As drug traffickers’ bank of choice for many years, HSBC allowed its services to be used as a conduit for money laundering. The US and Mexican governments even slapped historic fines on the bank for its lax controls and permissiveness. Ramón García Gibson was the executive in charge of preventing this from happening. He now holds a high-ranking position in the Mexican government’s anti-money laundering division – a task at which he has failed before. Ver más
A Fractured System – Mexico’s Criminal Investigation Network
Por Steve Fisher
In 2015, Mexico City’s government launched an electronic system that would coordinate the work of police, experts and public ministries, to improve their investigative capacity and solve more crimes. Here is the story of a promising remedy that failed. Ver más
The Riviera Maya Gang
Por OCCRP, QUINTO ELEMENTO LAB, MCCI Y RISE PROJECT
How a crew of romanian criminals conquered the world of ATM skimming... They weren’t the people you’d peg for success in the world of finance and technology: a group of young men from a small city in an agricultural region of Romania. But they were clever and they had grit — and a unique skill set. Ver más
Mexico hell, again: Survivors among the disappeared
Por Alejandra Guillén and Diego Petersen
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel offered fake jobs, then enslaved them and held them by force. Now they’re foot soldiers for organized crime. They’re alive, but off the grid—completely disappeared. A survivor recounts his days in hell. Ver más
2,000 clandestine graves: how a decade of the drug war turned Mexico into a burrial ground
Por Alejandra Guillén, Mago Torres y Marcela Turati
Between 2006 and 2016, almost 2,000 illegal burials were discovered where criminals disappeared their victims. This investigation documented more clandestine graves than those the government has recognized: a new grave has been located on average every two days. Ver más


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