WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

The Trump Administration and how Latin America’s Next Generation of Authoritarian Leaders are Consolidating Power

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, 22 July 2020


This is the first in a four-part event series on the Trump administration’s impact in Latin America. Information about future events is forthcoming. For more information, email khernandez@wola.org.

Watch videos of past events in the series here.

This coming Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, the Washington Office on Latin America will launch the first virtual event in a four-part series that examines the Trump administration’s profound impact on human rights and democracy throughout Latin America—and imagines alternative, human rights-respecting approaches to U.S. foreign policy. Bringing together experts from all over the region, the weekly series will start next week with an event on how President Trump’s foreign policy has emboldened authoritarians in the region. Future events will explore how the Trump administration has undermined anti-corruption and rule of law initiatives, threatened democratic norms and closed civic space, and endangered human mobility and migration.

It’s no secret that the Trump administration has attacked human rights and democracy at home and abroad. However, though some of the most egregious Latin America foreign policy actions spearheaded by the Trump administration, such as closing off the U.S.-Mexico border to migrants and asylum seekers, are well known; the full extent of the administration’s impact on human rights and democracy in the region is still evolving. At a time when strengthening Latin American democracies, rule of law initiatives, and anti-corruption efforts are imperative in the face of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration’s policies and its failure to act in the face of gross abuses in Latin America have weakened protections for human rights and freedom of expression, emboldened political elites and corrupt actors to take measures that further weaken the rule of law, and tainted historically bipartisan efforts to espouse democracy and good governance with overt ideological preferences.

Join us this coming Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EDT for the first event in this series, which will take stock of how the Trump administration has emboldened the next generation of autocratic leaders in Latin America to consolidate power.

Event Details:

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT


Camila Asano

Program Director, Conectas Direitos Humanos, Brazil

Noah F. Bullock

Executive Director, Cristosal, El Salvador

David Smilde
Senior Fellow, WOLA
Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations, Tulane University


Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli
Director for the Andes at WOLA

Opening Remarks:

Geoff Thale
President of WOLA


Simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish will be available.

Instructions for webinar access will be emailed to registered participants.