Latin America’s Top 5 Crime Fighters
By Jesse Newman, Marketing —
Drug cartels and human trafficking have had a detrimental effect on society. Crimes that we see on television such as these can be shocking, and they aren’t even the tip of the iceberg. Fortunately, there are people courageous enough to take a stand. A movement towards truthfulness and honor is taking place in Latin America, and Americas Quarterly magazine has identified a few of its leaders.
A new group of motivated activists have risked a great deal to stand up for what is right. Their influence spans from investigations to the courtroom. Americas Quarterly has deemed them the top five corruption busters. So who is making a difference in Latin America?
The Corruption Busters
Sergio Moro is a Brazilian judge whose ruling put an end to a graft scheme that had stolen more than $3 billion from an oil firm run by the government. The culprits behind the crime are what made this ruling so impactful. Famous leaders in office and political parties were padding their pockets with this dirty money.
Ivan Velasquez is a Colombian attorney who leads the prosecution of the highest profile corruption cases in the country. He is also the head of an international commission against corruption in government. “Fear is not present in my analysis . . . I don’t think about the risk,” says Velasquez.
Thelma Aldana is an attorney from Guatemala who played a big role in the prosecution of Otto Perez Molina, the president of Guatemala. Molina
was forced to resign from his position and then was imprisoned as a result of Aldana’s efforts.
Jose Ugaz is a jurist from Peru who has headed a number of different corruption investigations of people in power. Notably, he led an investigation of Alberto Fujimori, the former president of Peru. Ugaz has a reputation of making sure that criminals get the appropriate sentence for the crimes they commit.
Viridiana Rios is a Mexican activist who took part in a group known as “Mexico como vamos.” This group helped make it possible for Congress in Mexico to pass a disruptive anti-corruption law in an effort to reduce corruption in the public sector.
Methods of Attack
The one thing that all of these individuals have in common is their desire to attack corruption and protect the citizens of their countries. While their intentions are noble, there are numerous threats and pressures that hinder their ability to accomplish their goals. The cost of identifying corruption is high. It is not possible to polygraph every government official on a regular basis. EyeDetect offers the solution. As this movement away from corruption continues to gain momentum in these countries, there will be a need for technology that can push the limits and create real results. EyeDetect is the answer to speeding up this movement and has the potential to change society.