A People Rose. A President Fell.

Adriana Beltrán's TEDx Talk on How the Fight again

st Corruption and Impunity Can Be Won

 

Corruption and organized crime are rocking Latin America—from the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico to the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras—but the trend is not a new one. WOLA has combatted organized crime and institutional corruption for nearly 20 years.

WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán has been instrumental in developing and supporting a groundbreaking UN-backed agency created to investigate, prosecute, and ultimately dismantle criminal and corrupt networks in Guatemala. It is called the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala, CICIG).

Adriana recently described to a TEDx MidAtlantic audience the CICIG’s investigations and the public groundswell that led to the arrest of more than 200 public officials in Guatemala, up to and including the president. Her story shows how justice can indeed prevail, and that corruption and impunity do not have to be insurmountable.

The fight against corruption and impunity is more important than ever, and we know how to do it. Adriana has launched WOLA’s Central American Aid Monitor to ensure that increased U.S. assistance to the region will be used to fight corruption and strengthen the rule of law. And we need your help to spread the word.

 

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