Since the start of the Trump administration the U.S. participation at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has started to falter. Its failure to participate threatens to weaken human rights and democracy in the hemisphere.
Nominated as a member of Global Americans’ New Generation of Public Intellectuals, we met with Mariana Costa Checa before her participation as a panelist at the III CEO Summit of the Americas to about her role at Laboratoria and women’s empowerment in the tech world.
As Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival came to an end, Brazilian President Michel Temer ordered the military to take control of public security in an effort to curb months of escalating violence. It is the first federal intervention in a state since Brazil’s return to democracy in the 1980’s.
By the time 2018 draws to a close, three quarters of Latin Americans will have elected a new president. Though often taken for granted, the commissions responsible for ensuring free and fair elections will play a critical role in regional politics this year.