Rights in Exile Programme

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Dr Matthew Brown

Email: matthew [dot] brownatbristol [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies at Bristol University. He has researched Colombia and Venezuela since 2000, with a particular interest in relations between military and paramilitary forces, and between guerrilla groups, civilians and the state. He also focuses on foreign involvement in internal conflicts. He is prepared to discuss writing expert reports on Venezuela on a variety of topics.

Dr Daniel C. Hellinger

Email:hellindcatwebster [dot] edu 

Daniel Hellinger, PhD, is a Professor of International Relations. After earning the PhD from Rutgers University and a short stint elsewhere, he joined the Webster University faculty in 1979. Dr. Hellinger is an expert of Latin America. His most recent books are Global Security Watch: Venezuela (Praeger 2012), Comparative Politics of Latin America: Democracy at Last? (Routledge, 2011), and Bolivarian Democracy in Venezuela: Participation, Politics and Culture (contributor, and co-editor with David Smilde, Duke University, 2011). Dr. Hellinger has been a Senior Research Scholar at St. Antony's College, Oxford, lectured at the Central University of Venezuela and the Shanghai Institute for Finance and Economics, and was a Fulbright scholar (twice) at the Universidad Católica in Valparaíso, Chile. He serves on the advisory board for the Center for Democracy in the Americas, a Washington-based NGO that promotes better understanding between the United States and Latin America. He writes a monthly news analysis, Caracas Connect, on Venezuela, distributed by the Center.

Dr Alejandro Velasco

Email: av48atnyu [dot] edu

Alejandro Velasco, PhD, is Associate Professor of Latin American History at New York University.  His research focuses on social movements, urban studies, democracy, and human rights, and has won support from the Ford and Mellon Foundations, the American Historical Association, and the Social Science Research Council, among others.  Born and raised in Venezuela, he was a UCV-CENDES research fellow in 2004-2005. Velasco’s book Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Protest and the Making of Modern Venezuela (California, 2015) won the Coronil Award for Best Book presented by the Section on Venezuelan Studies of the Latin American Studies Association. He is Executive Editor of NACLA Report on the Americas, a quarterly magazine covering Latin America and the US. His commentary and analysis on Venezuela and the region have appeared in The New York Times, CNN, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, NPR, Deutsche Welle, Bloomberg, History News Network, and other media outlets in the US and abroad.

Dr Tamara Adrián Hernandez (LGBTI)

Email: adrianjurisatgmail [dot] com

Dr. Tamara Adrián Hernandez is a practicing lawyer and Professor of Law at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, the Universidad Central de Venezuela and the Universidad Metropolitana. She is a well-known LGBTI activist and a member of numerous LGBTI organisations. Currently, she acts as a representative of the Venezuelan LGBTI network and as the national coordinator of the Venezuelan Committee for Vulnerable Groups and Sexual Diversity. Furthermore, she is the Chair of IDAHO-T and the World Trans Secretary of ILGA. Her attempts to have her gender and name legally recognized have been unsuccessful so far.