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Created in honor of TRACE’s 20th anniversary, Corruption Files delivers riveting firsthand reports from the frontlines against corruption and reveals the real personal impact of financial crime.




Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova found herself being blackmailed, thrown in prison and later placed on probation for simply doing her job: alleging corruption among the ruling family. In the first episode of our Corruption Files series, Khadija tells her story.





How did a U.S.-headquartered management consulting giant’s venture in South Africa end with a public inquiry into the Zuma administration and millions of dollars in returned fees? Economist and political scientist William Gumede explains McKinsey’s role in “the wasted decade.”



EPISODE 3 - English

A career civil servant-turned-whistleblower in Spain found herself battling a nationwide political machine, facing death threats and hiding in a foreign country for years. This is Ana Garrido’s story.

EPISODE 3 - Spanish

Una funcionaria pública de carrera, convertida en denunciante de actos ilícitos en España, se encontró luchando contra una maquinaria política nacional, enfrentando amenazas de muerte y escondiéndose en un país extranjero durante años. Esta es la historia de Ana Garrido.



Johannes Stefansson alleged that the company he worked for paid bribes to gain access to Namibia’s fishing grounds. Years later, he reflects on the Fishrot case—and his suspected poisoning.



After reporting U.S.-sanctioned mining magnate Dan Gertler’s alleged illicit financial network, two bank auditors-turned-whistleblowers came under threat and were sentenced to death in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Gabriel Bourdon-Fattal with The Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa tells their story.