CICIG: A Discussion in Guatemala City

In late 2015, Guatemala was rocked by a series of high-level corruption scandals that ultimately led to the resignation and arrest of its president, Otto Pérez Molina.

The anticorruption investigations that upended the political order were supported by the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala—known by its Spanish-language acronym CICIG.

A new report from the Open Society Justice Initiative, Against the Odds: CICIG in Guatemala, tells the story of the UN-backed institution: from its controversial, convoluted founding through its struggles, to its part in the revelations that ignited last year’s mass protests and eventually brought down the president.

This event marks the launch of the Spanish edition of the report, Contra todo pronóstico: la CICIG en Guatemala.


  • Thelma Aldana is attorney general and head of Guatemala’s Public Ministry.
  • Ranulfo Rafael Rojas is president of the Supreme Court of Guatemala.
  • Iván Velásquez is head of CICIG.
  • Álvaro Montenegro is a journalist and cocreator of the movement #JusticiaYa.
  • Liliana Gamboa is the coordinator for the Open Society Justice Initiative project on antidiscrimination in the Dominican Republic.
Date: April 26, 2016
Time: 3:30 p.m.

Hotel Barceló Guatemala City, Salón Las Naciones IV y V, 7a. Avenida 15-45. Zona 9, Guatemala

Thelma Aldana, Liliana Gamboa, Álvaro Montenegro, Ranulfo Rafael Rojas, and Iván Velásquez