What Washington’s CROOK Act Means for Latin America

By Roberto Simon, Emilie Sweigart

A bill in the U.S. Congress may create a special fund to support anti-corruption worldwide. What’s at stake for the region?

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on closing the gender gap At first sight, the Countering Russian and Other Overseas Kleptocracy Act – or CROOK Act – may not seem directly related to Latin America But the US bill could have quite an impact on Washington’s involvement with anti-corruption in the hemisphere Put simply, the CROOK Act creates a multi-million-dollar fund to support “anti-corruption reformers” anywhere in the world The money would mostly come from the fines imposed on companies that violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) And the...

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