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Human Rights NGOs in the Americas
What: Human Rights NGOs in the Americas, a conversation with a Venezuelan human rights defender Humberto Prado. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) sponsored his visit to Canada in light of his Human Rights Award win for the work he has done for Venezuelan prisons. Mr. Prado was prison director after finishing his law studies. A former prisoner, he observed that the security personnel within the prison was corrupt. He played a large role in the overhaul of the prison system including training programs for guards to reduce corruption and prison violence, as well as retraining prisoners for reintegration into society.

When: February 25, 2010

Where: FOCAL Board Room

Who: Humberto Prado, Director, Venezuelan Prison Observatory

Related program:  Inter-American Affairs



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