To celebrate International Women’s Day, the San Diego Diplomacy Council has had the honor of hosting a recipient of the U.S Secretary of State’s International Woman of Courage Award for the last 6 consecutive years. We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting one of the 2021 International Woman of Courage awardees Judge Erika Lorena Aifan, who hails from Guatemala.
Judge Erika Lorena Aifan is a trial judge working in the High-Risk Criminal Court with responsibility for high-impact crimes. She has presided over high-profile corruption and war atrocity cases, leading to defamation and threats of violence against her. Despite these challenges, Judge Aifan persisted as a Guatemalan judge independent of political influence. She has demonstrated determination and fortitude in upholding the rule of law in Guatemala. Despite the strong opposition she has faced throughout her tenure, Judge Aifan has become an icon in Guatemala in the fight against corruption, efforts to increase transparency, and actions to improve independence in the justice sector.
We will be watching the award ceremony on Monday, March 8 at 7 am Pacific Time and hope that you will join us. Here at the San Diego Diplomacy Council, we are continually inspired by the women around the world who choose to challenge the status quo in order to usher in the change they wish to see. We will continue to support women for decades to come.
Learn more and watch the ceremony at https://www.state.gov/2021-international-women-of-courage-award-recipients-announced/