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OCCRP Releases Spanish-Language “Follow the Money” Manual

Press release | Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project published “¡Sigan el dinero! (Follow the Money), a resource manual in Spanish to help journalists research documents and data in Latin America. The free guide is available on OCCRP ID, a research service that supports investigative journalists in the OCCRP network.

This manual, the first of its kind, contains tools, instructions and advice on how to find and consult the documents and databases available in 19 Latin American countries, as well as the United States, Belize and in the British Virgin Islands, which are prime havens for stolen money in the region.

With step-by-step instructions and examples, “¡Sigan el dinero!” explains access to information request procedures for each country, as well as methods of accessing company and land records, government procurement websites, court records and lists of politically exposed persons.

“For criminals, money launderers and the corrupt, borders mean nothing,” said OCCRP co-founder Paul Radu. “It is essential that journalists know how best to use the tools available to investigate in their own country and beyond so that they can uncover who is behind a business, contract, property or bank account. With the publication of “¡Sigan el dinero! we expect to see a new wave of investigative reporting collaborations between Latin America and the rest of the world, which will lead to greater accountability. »

To create the handbook, OCCRP journalists interviewed nearly 30 reporters from Latin America who generously shared their tips for navigating the particularities of each country. For example, retrieving international arrest warrants in Brazil requires the use of a VPN; a real estate search in Mexico must be done state by state; and journalists wishing to obtain information on companies in Uruguay must pay them in person.

“It was important for us to gather and share this information to help journalists save time and be more efficient in their investigations,” said editors Nathan Jaccard and Romina Colman. “This handbook will help investigative journalists strengthen their role as public watchdogs, especially in authoritarian countries like Nicaragua and Venezuela.”

“¡Sigan el dinero! Manual para rastrear empresas, propiedades, contratos públicos y fallos en América Latina” was written by Daniel Salazar and edited by Nathan Jaccard, OCCRP’s editor for Latin America, and Romina Colman with a foreword by María Teresa Ronderos of the Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP). The production of the manual was supported by Chile Transparente, as regional coordinator of the global SANCUS project, which is funded by the European Union.

The manual contains information on accessing data in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador , Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. , United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

For more information, please contact Communications Manager Lauren Jackman, [email protected] (English), or Latin America Editor Nathan Jaccard, [email protected] (Spanish and English).

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The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is a nonprofit investigative reporting platform for more than 50 independent media outlets around the world, publishing more than 120 investigations and articles per year. By developing and equipping a global network of investigative journalists and publishing their stories, OCCRP exposes crime and corruption so the public can hold power to account.