The Rise and Fall of CICIG: LatAm’s Biggest Stories of the 2010s

By Brendan O'Boyle

The groundbreaking anti-corruption agency’s demise showed that impunity won’t die quietly.

WHO WAS INVOLVED: Iván Velásquez, Colombian prosecutor and commissioner (2013-2019) for the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, or CICIG; Jimmy Morales, Guatemala’s president (2016-20); Thelma Aldana, Guatemala’s attorney general (2014-2018) and a close collaborator with CICIG

WHAT HAPPENED: It was a success story nearly a decade in the making: A handful of technocrats took on powerful criminal networks entrenched in Guatemala’s government, and, for some time, were winning.  

Then, quickly, it all came crashing...

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