Venezuela’s Escalating Humanitarian Crisis due to COVID-19

This webinar addresses how the Venezuelan complex humanitarian health crisis is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, given the precarious conditions of health facilities, the lack of services and health supplies, limited availability of reliable testing and the lack of reports.

Moderated by Ana Julia Jatar
President, Venezuelan American Association and Editor in Chief of El Planeta Media and El Tiempo Latino.


Marcia Biggs
Freelance journalist, Focusing on international conflict and humanitarian crises.

Regular contributor to The PBS NewsHour, for whom she recently reported from Venezuela, as its refugee crisis becomes one of the world’s most dire.

Her work has won numerous awards, including a Gracie Allen Award, two First Place National Headliner Awards, a Sigma Delta Chi Award, and a New York Festival World Medal.

Cynthia Arnson
Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center

Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson is director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is a widely-recognized expert on Latin American politics, political economy, and international relations, including U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere. She is quoted frequently in major U.S. and Latin American media and has testified on numerous occasions before committees of the U.S. Congress.

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