We are pleased to invite you to the Webinar: Local religious communities respond to the displacement of Venezuelans in Latin America and the Caribbean to be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 1:00-2:30 pm Washington time, co-organized by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the Working Group on Refugees, Displacement and Migration of the G20 Interfaith Forum Association, and co-sponsored by Religions for Peace Latin America and the Caribbean and other organizations.
The link to register is https://georgetown.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QPGIOhUbQR2Y67L95C4zxA.
The event, to be developed with Spanish-English simultaneous interpretation, will aim to analyze how faith communities are responding to the Venezuelan displacement in Latin America and the Caribbean, and identify additional opportunities that religious communities may consider strategic or beneficial to ensure high-quality support to Venezuelan refugees and migrants across the region. Attached we are sending you the program.
Amid the ongoing global pandemic, the exodus of Venezuelan refugees and migrants continues to result in unprecedented needs across the Latin America and Caribbean region. Countries in the region continue to host Venezuelans as they concurrently face health, social and economic challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While much attention has been paid to UN agencies and secular NGOs responses to Venezuelan displacement, considerably less is known about how religious communities and faith-based organizations have a role in supporting Venezuelan refugees and migrants, especially providing the first assistance to persons in need.
On the eve of the International Donors’ Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants on June 17, 2021 and the World Refugee Day on June 20, as well as with a view to the 2021 G20 Interfaith Forum, on September 12-14, we want to highlight the faith communities’ responses to Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the goal of giving visibility to important contributions already being made.