In its latest issue, Americas Quarterly spotlights how a new generation of prosecutors and activists is making historic progress in the battle against graft—and jailing those responsible, no matter how powerful. The magazine identified 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 from stronger democracies, judicial systems, and civic engagement.
Citing recent cases in Brazil, Guatemala, and Honduras, José Ugaz, Peruvian jurist and global chair of Transparency International, says the shift "reflects a trend in the region in order to confront corruption." The trend might change the course of Latin American politics and business for good.