Republic of Colombia
Claudia was elected to the Senate of the Republic of Colombia as an Alianza Verde (Green Party) candidate in 2014. A former researcher for New Rainbow Corporation and Civil Society Electoral Mission, Claudia is one of Colombia’s most respected political analysts: she exposed the infiltration of paramilitary death squads at some of the highest levels of Colombia’s political system. Her research on the infiltration of paramilitary groups in the Colombian Congress triggered a national scandal known as “parapolitics” which led to the legal investigation of more than a third of all members of Congress. Claudia subsequently helped found the Electoral Observatory Mission, a coalition of NGOs and journalists that monitors political processes in Colombia, and worked New Rainbow Foundation as an analyst of illegal groups and armed conflict. Her dedication to strengthening human rights and the rule of law makes her one of the most well-known contributors to democratic development in Colombia.