The Washington Office on Latin America launched 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 began with an event on how President Trump’s foreign policy has bolstered authoritarian leaders in the region.
The Trump Administration and how Latin America’s Next Generation of Authoritarian Leaders are Consolidating Power
On July 22, 2020, WOLA launched the first panel of the series examining how the Trump administration has emboldened the next generation of autocratic leaders in Latin America to consolidate power. The panel featured Camila Asano from Conectas Direitos Humanos (Brazil), Noah Bullock from Cristosal (El Salvador), WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde, and WOLA Director for the Andes Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli. Opening remarks by the President of WOLA, Geoff Thale.
Rising Corruption and Undermining the Rule of Law in Latin America
On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, WOLA hosted the second panel in this series and examined how the Trump administration has emboldened political leaders and their allies to dismantle anti-corruption institutions and weaken the independence of the judiciary. The panel featured Claudia Paz y Paz from CEJIL (Costa Rica), Michael Camilleri from the Inter-American Dialogue, Gustavo Gorriti from IDL-Reporteros (Peru) , and WOLA Director of Citizen Security Adriana Beltrán.
Threatening Democratic Norms and Closing Civil Space in Latin America
Join us on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EDT for the third panel in this series which will take stock of how the Trump administration has ideologized its support for democracy in Latin America and undermined freedom of expression. The panel will feature Kathryn Ledebur from Andean Information Network (Bolivia), Ana Cristina Ruelas from Article 19 (Mexico and Central America), Laura Gil from La Línea del Medio (Colombia), and WOLA Director for Drug Policy and the Andes John Walsh.
Information on the fourth panel in the series is forthcoming.