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Venezuela's Vulnerable Diaspora: A Regional Update amid the Pandemic

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 22, 2020


It’s one of the biggest transformations in Latin America’s history: more than 4.5 million migrants who have moved elsewhere in the region since 2015, mainly departing Venezuela. The response from host nations like Colombia, Peru, and Brazil has been mostly generous but is now being tested by the coronavirus, rising xenophobia, and slowing economies. What is the reality faced by Venezuelans and other migrant groups and how is it evolving during the pandemic? What are governments doing and what can they do better? Our expert panel will bring new insight to a rapidly changing situation.


  • Felipe Muñoz, Presidential Advisor for the Colombian-Venezuelan Border, Office of the Presidency, Colombia @felipemgomez8
  • Luisa Feline Freier, Assistant Professor, Universidad del Pacífico @FelineFreier
  • Lala Lovera, Founder, Fundación Comparte por una Vida Colombia @lalalovera
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly @BrazilBrian (moderator)

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Wednesday, April 22, at 2 p.m. ET.

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Feline Freier

Assistant Professor, Political Science at the Universidad del Pacífico, Peru

Feline Freier is an assistant professor of political science at the Universidad del Pacífico in Peru, where she currently leads an interdisciplinary research team on the socio-economic integration of Venezuelan migrants and refugees. Her research, which has been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), focuses on immigration and refugee policies in Latin America, South-South immigration from countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, and the Venezuelan displacement crisis.

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Lala Lovera

Founder, Fundación Comparte Por Una Vida

Lala Lovera is the founder of Fundación Comparte Por Una Vida in Colombia, and has been working in the field of social work for 15 years, focusing mainly on childhood, youth and motherhood. Currently, she is working to provide nutrition for school-aged children and pregnant mothers affected by the Venezuelan exodus in Colombia, especially in Cúcuta and Cartagena, with the intention of expanding into Bogotá and Medellín.

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Felipe Muñoz

Advisor to the President of Colombia for the Colombian-Venezuelan Border

Felipe Muñoz is the advisor to the president of Colombia for the Colombian-Venezuelan border. Previously, he served as senior counselor to Colombia’s executive director at the Inter-American Development Bank’s board of directors. At the IADB, Muñoz was also a consultant for the Honduran government and designed national policies in the areas of security and criminal investigation. He has worked in the Colombian government at both the national and regional levels, serving as advisor to Bogotá’s mayor and to the minister of finance.

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Brian Winter

Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly and Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and the vice president for policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A best-selling author, analyst, and speaker, he has been living and breathing Latin American politics for the past 20 years. Winter spent a decade living in Latin America as a journalist for Reuters, based in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City.

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