Kristen Martinez-Gugerli

Kristen Martinez-Gugerli

Kristen Martinez-Gugerli is the Venezuela Program Associate at WOLA, where she conducts research, facilitates congressional outreach, and provides support for the Venezuela program. Her main areas of interest are conflict resolution and human rights for vulnerable populations. At WOLA, she actively works to advocate for humanitarian assistance to Venezuela, the development of a peaceful and democratic resolution, and the rights of Venezuelan migrants and refugees. Ms. Martinez-Gugerli graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 with a BPhil in International and Area Studies and Political Science and a certificate in Latin American Studies.

Interactive Map: Degrees of Diplomatic Recognition of Guaidó and Maduro

When National Assembly President Juan Guaidó claimed a mandate as interim president in January 2019, dozens of countries moved to recognize him as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state, based on the widely-documented flaws and irregularities in the 2018 presidential election of Nicolas Maduro. As support for Guaidó grew domestically and internationally, some believed that a transition in Venezuela under Guaidó’s leadership was imminent.

Q&A: Demystifying the Failed Silvercorp Operation

On May 3, 2020, a group of mercenaries attempted to enter Venezuela through the port city of La Guaira with stated intentions to capture de facto President Nicolás Maduro and transport him to the United States. The ambitious military raid failed immediately as Venezuelan security forces intercepted mercenaries at the border, leaving eight dead and at least 10 individuals

Venezuela’s Gendered Crisis I: Differential Impact of the Humanitarian Emergency

While Venezuela’s ongoing political and economic crisis has had a profound impact on the entire population, it has also exacerbated existing gender inequalities, with evidence increasingly suggesting that the burden of the country’s crisis has fallen disproportionately on Venezuela’s women and girls.As policymakers in Venezuela work to address the various elements of the crisis—humanitarian, economic, migratory—the particular needs of women have been largely overlooked. 

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Kristen Martinez-Gugerli

Venezuela Program Associate

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