Join us for a conversation with Francisco Lara Marquez MPP 2012, a Venezuelan lawyer and political activist. Marquez was a political prisoner in Venezuela and later forced into exile in the United States. Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations will moderate. This discussion is part of the Ash Center's Democracy in Hard Places Initiative and is co-sponsored by the Center for International Development.
About the Speaker
Before his imprisonment in June 2016, Marquez was Chief of Staff of the Mayor of El Hatillo in Caracas starting in 2014. Previously he worked with the Lt. Governor of the State of Miranda. He obtained his Law degree in the Catholic University Andres Bello (2009) and his Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (2012). He is currently focusing on torture and human rights issues and researching on the erosion of democracy in Venezuela.