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Sunday, March 20, 2022 | 2:00pm to 4:00pm CDT
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Join us for our monthly meeting, discussing current events, our focus areas of MMIW - Death Penalty - Philippines - Lobbying.  This month's Guest Speaker is Cristofer Correia Carballo, a Humphrey fellow from Venezuela.  Cristofer will talk about the humanitarian crisis happening in Venezuela now. 

NOTICE

To accommodate our speaker, we are flipping our agenda, having the speaker first, and our regular meeting starting at 3pm. 

Agenda

2:00 The Venezuela humanitarian crisis - presentation by Cristofer Correia Carballo

2:55 BREAK

Regular Meeting Agenda

3:00 Intro

3:10 News/Events

3:20 MMIW

3:30 Death Penalty

3:40 Philippines

3:45 Lobbying

Meeting Agenda and Notes

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The Venezuela humanitarian crisis

Guest Speaker - Cristofer Correia Carballo

Venezuela has been going through an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, producing the biggest exodus of the Western Hemisphere in recent history, accounting for 6 million migrants and refugees that have fled the country in the last 7 years. At the same time, the competitive authoritarianism of Chavez turned out into a hegemonic regime with Maduro. The regime has prosecuted opposition leaders, such as Leopoldo Lopez, who was declared as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, shut down independent media, fiercely repressed peaceful demonstrations, and more. For those human rights violations, Maduro is being investigated by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, being Venezuela the first country in Latin America formally investigated by this institution.

Presentation agenda

2:00 pm – Introduction to the Venezuela humanitarian crisis

2:15 pm – Maduro’s dictatorship characteristics

2:20 pm – Milestones (2013-2021), explaining the current political situation and human rights violations

2:35 pm – Q&A 

About Cristofer Correia Carballo

Correia is a political activist for democracy who has held different roles, such as Director-General of Citizen Participation in the National Assembly of Venezuela, Executive Director of Volunteers for Venezuela, and an activist in Voluntad Popular. In his alma mater, Correia is a lecturer of Public Management at the Catholic University Andres Bello. Correia is the author of the book "Inclusive Urban Regeneration", in which public policies are proposed for poverty eradication in cities through capacities and freedom enhancement.

In 2018, the UK conceded him the Chevening Scholar for studying a Master in Public Policy at the University of Bristol. Previously, he studied a master's in Government and Public Administration at the Complutense University of Madrid and attended a specialization course on Strategic Urban Planning by the Iberoamerican Center for Strategic Urban Development.

Currently, Correia is in the US as a Humphrey Fellow for the 2021-2022 cohort and believes that the fellowship will help him address the country's needs by broadening his professional network and enhancing his democracy-building knowledge skills. His primary goal in the next five years is to restore democracy in Venezuela. He plans to use his time in the fellowship to acquire governance strategies and policymaking skills to contribute to that goal.