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Justice Co-Opted: Venezuela’s Broken Judicial System

The situation in Venezuela represents one of the biggest challenges to democracy and human rights in the Americas, with the Venezuelan security forces and armed pro-government groups responsible for grave human rights abuses and crimes against humanity.

Diverse Social Sectors of the Foro Cívico Presented Agenda of Urgent Citizen Demands in Miraflores

On April 5, 2022, a meeting took place between members of the Venezuelan government and members of various civil society organizations, with the objective of presenting an agenda of citizens’ demands that have been comprised through social dialogue, conversations between organizations and citizens, and consultations with leadership from across the political spectrum.

El País op-ed | Biden and Venezuela: a New Opportunity

On Saturday, March 19, El País published an op-ed by Geoff Ramsey, WOLA Director for Venezuela, and David Smilde, WOLA Senior Fellow and Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University, in which they argue that the recent visit of U.S. officials to Caracas represents an important opportunity

Venezuela Program

Geoff Ramsey

Geoff Ramsey

Director for Venezuela @GRamsey_LatAm

David Smilde

David Smilde

WOLA Senior Fellow and the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University


Kristen Martinez-Gugerli

Venezuela Program Associate