The path to the North: Migrant smuggling in the Darien region

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This panel will discuss the findings of an investigation held in the Darien Region on criminal dynamics and migrant smuggling, a region that has seen an increase in migration of over 300%. This region falls under the influence of Colombia’s largest criminal organisation, comprises multiple illegal economies, drug, and gold trafficking routes, has seen a larger influence of different foreign criminal actors and a significant change in the profile of migrants, related to international politics.

Jay Albanese

Professor in the Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University and specializes in organized crime, corruption, ethics and transnational crime.

Mariana Botero Restrepo

Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Paula Tobo

Junior researcher at Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP). Violence, security, armed conflict and peacebuilding


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