WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Post-election Optics in Guatemala: Judicial Cooptation and Gender Violence

4:00 Thursday, 14 September 2023
Washington D.C.

Dear friends, 

Please join WOLA on Thursday, September 14 at 4pm ET for a very special event: Post-election Optics in Guatemala: Judicial Cooptation and Gender Violence.

Dr. Victoria Sanford will discuss her new book Textures of Terror that investigates the unsolved murder of Claudina Velásquez Paiz. This expert panel will offer an up-close appraisal of the inner workings of the Guatemalan criminal justice system and how it maintains inequality, patriarchy and impunity. The panel will focus on concrete steps for the international community to support democracy and rule of law in the post-election transition.


Opening remarks by:

  • Jo-Marie Burt. Professor, George Mason University and Senior Fellow, WOLA


  • Dr. Victoria Sanford. Professor Lehman College, CUNY
  • Former Judge Erika Aifan. Anti-corruption Judge in exile and Women of Courage Award Recipient

Moderated by: 

  • Holly Draginis. Legal Advisor for Latin America, American Bar Association

There will be simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish.

This event is hybrid and will take place in Washington, D.C  (1666 Connecticut Ave, NW, 20009, 4th floor. )  When you RSVP please specify whether you intend to attend in-person or via Zoom.