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Venezuelan Migration in 2021: COVID-19, Elections, and Human Rights

Join us for an expert discussion on the state of Venezuelan migration and the impact of recent developments regarding immigration policies across Latin America.

3–4 pm ET 

Cisco Webex
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Overview

Join Council of the Americas to hear from experts on the current challenges that the Venezuelan migration issue presents considering the continued health, economic, and social repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as recent developments regarding immigration policies and electoral processes in several Latin American countries.  

Although COVID-19 stalled migration from Venezuela to neighboring countries during the first months of the pandemic, studies report that by the fall of 2020 migrants were restarting their journeys reaching numbers similar to those from before the health crisis. Even as many refugees returned to Venezuela due to the virus, the lack of access to basic needs and minimal job opportunities led to a renewed spike in emigration. 

In this context, rising Venezuelan migration has been welcomed in countries in Latin America with varied responses in terms of immigration policies, a growing threat of xenophobia, and of human rights violation, particularly to women and children. Additionally, the issue is increasingly becoming a key topic in the political agendas of candidates running for office in a year of multiple elections across the region. 

The panelists will provide an overview of this developing situation, with a special focus on the impact of the crisis in the human rights of migrants and refugees, and will provide recommendations and analysis on what governments, civil society, and the private sector can do to contribute to a solution. 

Speakers

  • Diego Beltrand, Special Envoy of the Director General for the Regional Response to the Venezuelan Situation, International Organization for Migration (IOM) @BELTRANDDIEGO
  • Ligia Bolivar, Center for Human Rights, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB) @ligiabolivar
  • Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Director, Department of Social Inclusion, Organization of American States (OAS) @BeticaMunozPogo
  • Tamara Taraciuk Broner, Acting Americas Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch (HRW) @TamaraTaraciuk
  • Tim Padgett, Americas Editor, Miami NPR affiliate WLRN (moderator) @TimPadgett2

To register, please contact Francisco Martínez at rsvpmiami@as-coa.org

For program information please contact Yndira Marin at ymarin@as-coa.org or Ariana Molina at amolina@as-coa.org.

For media inquiries please contact Pia Fuentealba at mediarelations@as-coa.org

Speakers

Diego Beltrand
IOM Director General’s Special Envoy for the Regional Response to the Venezuela Situation

He is a professional in Law with a degree of State Attorney from Universidad de la República de Montevideo (UDELAR); holds a Master in International Relations from Universidad Centroamericana de Nicaragua (UCA) and a Master in International Business and Policies Formulation from...

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Ligia Bolivar
Adjunct Researcher, Center for Human Rights, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB)

Ligia Bolivar is currently an Adjunct Researcher at the UCAB’s Center for Human Rights, responsible for the area of migrant rights.


Ligia was previously the Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the Andres Bello Catholic University since 1999, where she also taught...

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Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian
Director, Department of Social Inclusion, Organization of American States (OAS)

Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian (Venezuelan-American) is Director of the Department of Social Inclusion of the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity at the Organization of American States (OAS), where she is responsible for directing the work of the OAS in matters of social...

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Tamara Taraciuk Broner
Acting Americas Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Tamara Taraciuk Broner joined Human Rights Watch as a fellow in September 2005. After a year, she became HRW’s Mexico researcher (2006-2009), and is currently acting deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas Division, covering several countries in the region. She has been...

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Tim Padgett
Americas Editor, Miami NPR affiliate WLRN

Tim Padgett is the Americas editor for Miami NPR affiliate WLRN, covering Latin America, the Caribbean and their key relationship with South Florida. He has reported on Latin America for almost 30 years - for Newsweek as its Mexico City bureau chief from 1990 to 1996, and for...

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