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AQ Launch: Latin America's History-Making "Corruption Busters"

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

February 9, 2016


L to R: Sérgio Moro, Iván Velásquez, Thelma Aldana, Viridiana Rios, José Ugaz. (Credits below)

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The leaders of Latin America’s historic crackdown on corruption will gather for the first time for a special and timely event.

Corruption has been a problem in the Americas for centuries. But something different—and, we believe, historic—is happening right now. From Brazil to Guatemala and beyond, a new generation of prosecutors, judges, and activists is prosecuting offenders and sending them to jail in unprecedented numbers—no matter how powerful they are.

Americas Quarterly magazine is proud to celebrate five leading figures behind this crackdown at the launch of our first issue of 2016 on February 9. The honorees will take part in an on-the-record panel discussion, telling their personal stories of courage and persistence and analyzing what is yet to come. This is the first time anyone has gathered such a high-level panel to discuss a trend that may transform the hemisphere forever.


  • Antonio Carlos Welter, Brazilian prosecutor, senior member of the Lava Jato unit investigating crimes at Petrobras
  • Iván Velásquez, Colombian prosecutor, head of the UN-backed investigative body CICIG in Guatemala @Ivan_Velasquez_
  • Thelma Aldana, Guatemalan attorney general
  • José Ugaz, Peruvian jurist, global chair of Transparency International @JoseUgazSM
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President, Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator) @BrazilBrian

This event will be held in Spanish and Portuguese,
with simultaneous translation in English and Spanish.

Please tune in to our live webcast beginning at 6:00 p.m., as attendance at the event is now full. If you're still interested in attending the event, you may add your name to the waitlist in person at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Entries will be issued as spacing permits. For any other questions, please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at Thank you.

Join the discussion on Twitter: #CorruptionBusters

Event Information: Brendan O'Boyle | | 1-212-277-8366
Press: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384
Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 8.

(Photo credits, L to R: Rodolfo Buhrer/La Imagem/Fotoarena/AP; Johan Ordoñez/AFP/Getty; Saúl Martínez/EPA/Corbis; T.J. Kirkpatrick; Johan Ordoñez/AFP/Getty)

Americas Quarterly is supported, in part, by grants from the Ford Foundation and the Tinker Foundation.

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