Category Archives: Student Blog

Operação Lava Jato: How Latin America’s Largest Corruption Scandal Has Created the Perfect Storm Ahead of Brazil’s General Elections

By: Jessica Santos, 2L On March 8, 2021, Brazil’s supreme court ruled that former judge Sergio Moro was biased in overseeing former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s (“Lula”) corruption trial, born out of “Operação Lava Jato” (“Operation Car Wash”)––the country’s largest corruption scandal investigation to date. This ruling effectively annulled a series of […]

The Biden Administration and the Unknown Future of U.S. – Cuba Relations

By: David Prieto, 2L On April 11, 2015, President Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro in what was the first in-person meeting between both nations’ leaders in half a century. The U.S., up until this point, had increasingly sanctioned Cuba since the Cuban Revolution, when Cuba began to nationalize U.S. owned properties and aligned […]

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) approved for Venezuela

By: Minerva Santiago Acevedo, 2L On March 8, 2021, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, announced the assignment of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuela. TPS grants people who cannot return to their countries because of “natural disasters, armed conflicts, or other conditions” protection from being deported and a work […]

Demands Increase for Mexican Government to Address Country’s Rampant Gender-Based Violence

By: Lily Fontenot, 2L On March 8, 2021, in honor of International Women’s Day, approximately 20,000 women marched the streets of Mexico City demanding that the country take action against the widespread violence against women. The women, through their powerful chants and signs, demanded justice for victims of rape, femicide and other gender crimes and […]