WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

A Conversation With Venezuela’s Civic Forum

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Join the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) for an upcoming event:

Over recent months, Venezuela has seen the steady articulation of human rights NGOs, academics, faith groups, business leaders, labor unions, and other civil society sectors into the independent platform called the Civic Forum. This coalition has sought to push for the peaceful redemocratization of the country through engaging with all relevant stakeholders and advancing desperately-needed solutions to Venezuela’s political and humanitarian crisis.

From July 26 to 30, representatives of the Civic Forum will be in Washington. They will be meeting with different actors to coordinate, support and disseminate alternative proposals that have arisen from the experience of civil society and its diverse perspectives on the multidimensional crisis in Venezuela. Join us on Wednesday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, for a public roundtable that will focus on humanitarian challenges and citizen diplomacy in response to the perceived need in the international community to expand spaces for negotiation and political dialogue.


Event Details:

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT


Beatriz Borges 

Executive Director, Justice and Peace Center (CEPAZ)

Deborah Van Berkel 

President, Sinergia

Ricardo Cusanno 

President, Venezuelan Federation of Chambers of Commerce (FEDECAMARAS)

Enrique López Loyo 

President, National Academy of Medicine

Mariela Ramírez 

Spokesperson, Movimiento Ciudadano Dale Letra

Eugenio Martínez

Electoral journalist


Geoff Ramsey

Director for Venezuela, WOLA


Steve Hege

Regional Deputy Director, USIP


Note: this event will be conducted in Spanish.