Former Auditor General Dorothy Bradley has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State and awarded with the Anticorruption Champions Award. Bradley is among twelve individuals from around the world who are being honoured as part of the second cohort of international Anticorruption Champions. The announcement was made today, the eve of International Anticorruption Day. Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State says that the honorees have demonstrated leadership, courage, and impact in preventing, exposing, and combating corruption. Under her leadership as Auditor General, Bradley’s office exposed corrupt practices and illegalities in the sale of Belizean passports, visas, and granting of Belizean citizenship to foreign nationals. Her report on the findings of an audit conducted at the Ministry of Immigration provided evidence that resulted in the dismissal of a sitting Cabinet Minister and contributed to the Belizean government signing the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in December 2016. Bradley delivered her acceptance speech for the award recognizing her impactful work in advocating for transparency and accountability in Belize’s public sector.
Dorothy Bradley, Auditor General: “For me, it is a symbol of hope for persons and institutions committed to change the solid landscape of global corruption. Together we can move mountains, but it requires moving one pebble at a time. The inconvenient truth is that corruption is the scourge that threatens our world’s democracies, and the value systems under which they are based. Corruption results in unjust enrichment that benefits its perpetrators. It can occur on both a local and international scale. Our collective work has demonstrated the need for government agents to work without fear or favor because it inspires conscientious, courageous champions for justice around the world. It also underscores the need for citizen involvement to successfully combat corruption. I was appointed Auditor General of police in September. 2011, after holding senior positions, within the Public, Service of Belize. As Auditor General my essential role is to ensure that resources whether financial or otherwise are utilized in an efficient and resourceful manner, incorporating the principles of good governance and accountability. Although the timing was not planned our public efforts to come front corruption in Belize coincided with the call for our country to sign on to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The convention provides an instrument for Effective action and cooperation against transnational organized crime and the streamlining of institutional and legislative frameworks.”
Bradley retired from the public sector on December 7, 2021.