What We Do

To carry out our mission we have established five work areas that constitutes the core activities of the Center.

SUPPORT NETWORKS FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS. We will create a network of investigative journalists in each of the countries in the region and give both technological and financial support in order to promote investigative reporting on corruption, particularly in high-risk countries for independent journalism. We will generate an international platform for the public exposure of the cases investigated.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS. We will conduct original investigative projects on corruption in Latin America by working with our network of journalists and making such investigations the objects of publication by the Center and other media outlets in partnership.

HISTORICAL ARCHIVE. We will create a database on corruption in Latin America, documenting the major cases in each country. We will begin with cases that occurred during the last 15 years; the database will be available to reporters in the U.S. and across the region, but also will be open to the general public, students and researchers, in order to promote discussion on the phenomenon.

EARLY ALERTS. We will create an observatory of freedom of the press and access to public information in Latin America. This observatory will monitor the difficulties that journalists endure to access and report on public information as well as the risks they face while working on investigative reporting in each country. We will produce public alerts and press releases to denounce cases in which reporters aren’t allowed to access public information, and the legal and security risks they face when exposing public corruption.

CITIZEN TRANSPARENCY. The CIJA will act as a secure platform to receive and process information on public corruption in Latin America, which may help to start new investigative projects. The platform is aimed also to promote participation of the general public as a source in the fight against corruption.