Corruption, Criminality, and Justice in a Post-Transition Venezuela

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The Venezuelan crisis has been characterized by the systematic dismantling of democratic institutions, including those of the justice system. Not coincidentally, crime and corruption have grown rampant. Transparency International ranks Venezuela as the most corrupt country in the Americas, and by some estimates it has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Elements of the Maduro regime and the armed forces are deeply involved in organized crime and drug trafficking, and Colombian guerrilla groups have found safe haven in Venezuela. This toxic mix of pervasive, state-tolerated criminality and a hollowed-out justice system will represent a formidable obstacle for any transitional government.

How can a future democratic government in Venezuela confront the challenges of grand corruption, organized crime, and violence? What role could transitional justice play? And what expertise can the international community bring to bear based on experiences elsewhere? To discuss these questions, the Inter-American Dialogue and Freedom House are pleased to host “Corruption, Criminality, and Justice in a Post-Transition Venezuela.”

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Michael Shifter 

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)


Alessandra Pinna 

Senior Program Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, Freedom House (@Ale_Pi_)


Mercedes de Freitas

Executive Director, Transparencia Venezuela (@soymerchy)

José Ignacio Hernández

Procurador Especial, Interim Government of Juan Guaidó (@ignandez

Ramiro Orias

Senior Program Officer, Due Process of Law Foundation (@ramiro_orias)

Steve Hege

Senior Expert, Colombian Peace Process, United States Institute of Peace (@stevehege)


Michael Camilleri

Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)


A light breakfast will be provided. Please note that this event will be held in Spanish with interpretation provided.