Guatemala’s First Female Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz to speak about the challenge of violence and organized crime in post-conflict Guatemala
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Claudia Paz y Paz, the first female Attorney General of Guatemala, will be visiting George Mason. She will discuss the country’s effort to reconstruct its democratic institutions and pursue prosecutions of responsible perpetrators in order to combat the pervasive impunity which fuels violence and corruption within the country. Dr Paz y Paz has made unprecedented strides in the prosecution of organized crime, political corruption, and human rights abuses. Her efforts are at the center of a movement within Guatemala to overcome simmering conflicts lingering from years of civil war. She will be discussing these successes, along with the current obstacles, during her lecture on November 13th at 7:30 in Mason Hall in the Meese Room.
Additional Information about Claudia Paz y Paz:
In May 2013 Claudia Paz y Paz was awarded the Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award by the Center for Justice and Accountability
In 2012, the Latin American Studies Association, awarded Claudia Paz y Paz the LASA/Oxfam America Martin Diskin Memorial Lectureship, which honors distinguished individuals who combine rigorous scholarship with a commitment to human rights activism.
On December 15, 2011, the International Crisis Group held its "In Pursuit of Peace" Award Dinner. Claudia Paz y Paz was one of four women honored by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for their dedication to promoting peaceful, just and open societies in some of the world's most conflict-affected regions.