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Latin America Terror Trials

July 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SFS cordially invites you to a policy discussion on:

Latin America Terror Trials: What are the legal challenges as Brazil and Peru take on Islamist terrorism?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
U.S. Congress, Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2203

The United States and Europe have grown accustomed to fighting against Islamist terror networks. Latin America appears to be the next frontier. In April 2017, Brazil successfully prosecuted the first case of Islamist terrorism in Latin America’s history when it sentenced eight ISIS sympathizers for terror-related charges. In Peru, the prosecution had less success in prosecuting an alleged Hezbollah operative accused of manipulating explosives in 2014. Meanwhile, Argentina is advancing several cases tied to the 1994 Iranian-backed bombing in Buenos Aires of the AMIA cultural center. Despite this, most Latin Americans don’t view Islamist terrorism as a significant threat in their region and little public pressure has been placed on the establishment, reform, or improvement of weak or non-existent antiterrorism laws across the region. Consequently, the Islamic State, Hezbollah, and other Jihadist networks and sympathizers are spreading throughout South America with impunity. Please join us for a high-level policy discussion on how the U.S. Government and civil society could collaborate with Latin American nations to either enact or strengthen laws before the next major Islamist terror attack strikes the region.

Part of the discussion will be in Spanish w/ continuous interpretation


Hon. Marcos Josegrei da Silva – Federal Judge of the 14th Federal Court in Curitiba, Brazil.

Mr. Moisés Vega De La Cruz – District Attorney, Public Prosecutor’s Office on Antiterrorism, Ministry of Interior, Peru.

Mr. Ricardo Neeb – Former Chief, Counterintelligence, National Intelligence Agency (ANI), Chile. SFS International Fellow.

Ms. Lucia Leal (moderator) – Washington Correspondent, EFE News.

Following the panel, SFS will host a reception at our office, co-located with the American Foreign Policy Council, 509 C St. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Admission is free of charge, but seating is limited; please RSVP by clicking here

Media inquiries please call J.D. Gordon, SFS Senior Fellow @ 202.758.9083




July 18
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm




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