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On February 8, 2021, Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez, announced that Colombia will grant temporary protected legal status (TPS or Estatuto de Protección Temporal by its name in Spanish) to Venezuelan migrants for ten years. This decision has been applauded by the international community and has set a historic precedent for the region.


Please join the Colombian American Association, the Venezuelan American Association of the U.S. and the Wilson Center's Latin American Program for a discussion of the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis and the implementation of TPS. The conversation will focus on the impact of migrants from the standpoint of human rights, economic and cultural integration. Panelists will also reflect on the challenges of implementing TPS, the domestic and international resources necessary to support the policy, and ways that the public and private sectors can collaborate in integrating Venezuelan migrants and refugees.  

Meet The Speakers

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Adriana Mejía Hernández 

Vice Minister of 
Multilateral Affairs of Colombia

Lucas Gómez

Advisor to the President of Colombia on the Colombia-Venezuela border

Dominika Arseniuk

Country Director for Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama, Norwegian Refugee Council

Elizabeth Eyster

Deputy Representative for Colombia, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


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Cynthia Arnson

Director of the Latin American Program Wilson Center