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Achieving Racial Equality in the Americas

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

June 30, 2020



All over the Americas, attention has turned to the extreme racial disparities present in virtually every society. The COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting recession and endemic police violence have all hit communities of color especially hard. How has the Black Lives Matter movement affected grassroots movements elsewhere in the hemisphere? What are the political and economic steps necessary to achieve greater equality? Join us for this conversation with influential voices from within the region.


  • Aurora Vergara-Figueroa, Director of the Afrodiasporic Studies Center (CEAF) at Icesi University @AuroraVergaraF1
  • Thiago Amparo, Lawyer and Professor at Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School @thiamparo
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief at Americas Quarterly @brazilbrian (moderator)

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Aurora Vergara Figueroa

Director, Afrodiasporic Studies Center, Icesi University

Aurora Vergara Figueroa is the director of the Afrodiasporic Studies Center (Centro de Estudios Afrodiaspóricos) at Icesi University. Her main research interest is the sociological study of Afrocolombians deracinated from the Colombian Pacific coast and the long durée of land dispossession. Vergara Figueroa also develops research on the Afrodiasporic feminist movement in Colombia. She is the recipient of the 2014 LASA/Oxfam America Martin Diskin Dissertation Award. Vergara Figueroa holds a PhD fin sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Thiago Amparo

Professor of Law and International Relations, Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Thiago de Souza Amparo is a professor at the law school and the international relations school at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, teaching courses on human rights, international law, diversity, discrimination policies, and law. He is an expert in constitutional law and public policy as well as diversity and anti-discrimination law. Amparo has also worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the Open Society Foundations, among others, on the issue of racial and LGBT discrimination.

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Brian Winter

Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and the vice president for policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A best-selling author, analyst, and speaker, he has been living and breathing Latin American politics for the past 20 years. Winter spent a decade living in Latin America as a journalist for Reuters, based in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City.

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