Daniel Chavez Moran founded the nonprofit Vidanta Foundation to help strengthen democracy and reduce poverty and social inequality in Latin America.
Chavez Moran is pleased democratic progress in Latin America has been recognized by the United States Senate at a Foreign Relations Committee panel hearing chaired by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey.
Experts testified that Latin America as a whole is more democratic today that it has ever been in the past. Roberta Jacobson, U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, testified:
“Mr. Chairman, I have heard you highlight the important success many societies in Latin America and the Caribbean are enjoying today. We share your assessment. That success is measureable in very tangible ways: in rising levels of political and personal freedom, greater economic prosperity, and increasing global integration. These factors work together in remarkable synergy. They generate vast opportunity. They strengthen institutions. They have helped lift scores of millions of people out of poverty in the last decade—and in the process brought forth huge new pools of talent and energy that are literally transforming very diverse countries.”
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