June 10, 2013 The high crime rate throughout Latin America has many causes. In many countries, residents claim that police and security force members are part of the problem. In Venezuela, one family says the police are linked to multiple killings that have devastated the family.
June 9, 2013 Women have made significant gains across Latin America. But sexual violence against women remains a pervasive problem. As part of NPR's series on violence in Latin America, we're looking at the problem in Colombia, where decades of war made women extremely vulnerable.
June 7, 2013 Photographer Lianne Milton explores Rio de Janeiro's new dance form — the passinho — which combines hip-hop and break-dancing with traditional Brazilian dance, such as samba.
June 7, 2013 As part of NPR's series on crime in Latin America, we're looking at Brazil's efforts to occupy and clean up Rio's crime-ridden favelas, or shantytowns, before the World Cup and the Olympics. But as a consequence, criminals have dispersed to outlying areas where there are fewer resources.
June 6, 2013 First came the day trips for foreigner tourists to the shantytowns. Now, young Westerners are living in formerly no-go areas — with yoga classes and sushi restaurants following. Business is booming in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, but some residents complain they're being priced out of the market.
June 6, 2013 Latin American cities rank as the most violent in the world. The region suffers from sky-high homicide rates, drug wars and gang violence. NPR is examining the region's turmoil in a series of reports, beginning with a look at the rampant kidnapping problem in Venezuela.
May 30, 2013 Colombia's FARC rebels are engaged in peace talks with the government, but the group is also stepping up recruitment of child soldiers. Thousands of children may have become rebels in recent years, and efforts are underway to rehabilitate some of them.
May 28, 2013 Police in Caracas say the shooting occurred after a fight broke out at a local nightclub. The State Department says the wounds are not life-threatening.