Local Faith Communities Respond to Venezuelan Displacement in Latin America and the Caribbean

June 16, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

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, it is important 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.

This roundtable aimed 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. 

This event was co-hosted by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the Refugees, Displacement, and Migration Workgroup of the G20 Interfaith Forum Association. It is co-sponsored by Fscire; Religions for Peace Latin America and the Caribbean; the Latin American and Caribbean Ecclesial Network on Migration, Displacement, Refuge and Trafficking in Persons (CLAMOR); World Faiths Development Dialogue; Islamic Relief USA; the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University; the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion; the Religion, Law and International Relations Programme at the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture, Regent's Park College Oxford; the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at Brunel University London; and the Global Challenges Research Fund.

This event was conducted in English and Spanish.

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