Leonie Rauls was the development and external relations coordinator at the Inter-American Dialogue from 2018-2019. She graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College with a BA in Political Science and Spanish, focusing on development policy. Her senior thesis analyzed the unintended consequences of Conditional Cash Transfers, a poverty alleviation program in Latin America, on civil society engagement and the rights of the poor. Prior to becoming the development coordinator, she interned at the Dialogue’s Rule of Law Program. She has also interned at Grassroots International, an organization that supports global social movements, and at Endeavor Global, an international development organization that fosters entrepreneurship. She is fluent in Spanish, English, and German and has worked and studied in Costa Rica and Spain.
On Thursday, April 25 the Inter-American Dialogue partnered with FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin America and Caribbean Center to host an event called “Transition Interrupted?” to discuss the Dialogue’s Venezuela Working Group’s most recent report that analyzes the potential for democratic change in Venezuela.
On April 12, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted an event titled “Latin America’s Digital Economy and Trends in International Taxation.” The discussion took place in the context of a recent OECD report, that reported that a global consensus on how to tax businesses with a substantial digital footprint but no physical presence in a given country remains elusive.
The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month prompted worldwide outrage and a business backlash that has refocused attention on the safety of journalists. Latin America and the Caribbean was the deadliest part of the world in 2017 for journalists, with more than a quarter of murders taking place in the region.
In Latin America, violence against women and girls is pervasive and practiced with relative impunity. According to a November 2017 United Nations Development Program Report, Latin America has the highest rate in the world of gender-based sexual violence against women, and in Central America two of every three women killed…