AS/COA's vice president speaks with WSJ Video about corruption battles in Brazil, Guatemala, and across the region. ... Play Video
With the resignation of a Guatemalan president and the massive investigation into Brazil's Petrobras scandal, Latin America is making gains battling corruption. AS/COA Vice President Brian Winter and Brazilian prosecutor Antonio Carlos Welter spoke to WSJ Video about the new anti-corruption wave. "People have really lost their fear of going out and demanding good quality governance," said Winter. Even amid a recession in the region's largest economy, polls show the issue is at the forefront of the public's mind. "Brazilians consistently say that the number one problem in the country is not the economy, not unemployment, not crime, but corruption," he said. "And that's new."
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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
Thelma Aldana, Guatemalan attorney general
José Ugaz, Peruvian jurist, global chair of Transparency International
Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President, Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)
Top leaders fighting corruption in Latin America discussed how operations such as Lava Jato in Brazil and the CICIG in Guatemala work in practice, what is changing in the region, and the institutional reforms needed to make systemic graft a thing of the past.
In its latest issue, Americas Quarterly identifies five "corruption busters" from Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. Their stories of persistence define the anti-corruption work sweeping much of the region, resulting in stronger democracies, judicial systems, and civic engagement. Read the complete profile of Latin America’s Top Five Corruption Busters.