Facing Violence in Caracas: What Can We Do?

Partnership between The International Affairs Society of The George Washington University and Caracas Mi Convive

Speakers include Roberto Patiño, Oriana Medina, Santiago García, and Héctor Navarro

"I think that there are no human rights in Venezuela, maybe for the politicians and people with money, but those do not exist for humble people like us." These are Nancy's words, the mother of a young man killed by the police in Caracas. 

This is Venezuela's capital and is known as one of the world's most dangerous cities, with a homicide rate of over 100 deaths for every 100.000 inhabitants. Urban violence has risen over the last years, in a context of political instability and a complex humanitarian emergency. Since 2015 Nicolas Maduro's government has implemented heavy-handed policies known for promoting extrajudicial executions and other human rights violations. Now, Venezuela has a rate of 18.2 deaths caused by the police for every 100.000 inhabitants, the highest of Latin America.

Caracas Mi Convive is an NGO that carries out violence prevention projects inside Caracas's most vulnerable communities. In this event, we analyze Venezuela's present political and social context, expose the complex reality people from these communities face, and talk about our experience implementing evidence-informed interventions to promote peace.

Speakers: 

Roberto Patiño: Founder of Caracas Mi Convive

Oriana Medina: Urban Planner and Project Manager of Public Space Intervention Programs in Caracas Mi Convive

Santiago García: Psychologist and Project Manager of Youth at Risk Violence Prevention Programs at Caracas Mi Convive

Héctor Navarro: Economist and Project Manager of Monitor de Víctimas at Caracas Mi Convive

Sponsored By:

International Affairs Society, Caracas Mi Convive, and the George Washington University