Press Release – Venezuelan Support Group Opens Office

Release Date: June 2, 2018

The document is a press release announcing the launch of the Venezuela Support Group (VSG), a coalition of eight civic and faith-based organizations in Guyana. The VSG aims to provide assistance to Venezuelans seeking refuge in Guyana, away from the crisis in their home country. They plan to work with the Ministry of Citizenship to establish liaison arrangements and ensure that arriving Venezuelans receive valid visas, avoiding exploitation and abuse. The group emphasizes a humanitarian response, separate from political factors and the border issue, and is supported by the UNHCR. The VSG will operate from offices provided by the Catholic Church in Georgetown and will focus on helping Venezuelans regularize their status, access social services, and connect with others from Venezuela. The founding members include various local human rights, transparency, and religious organizations.
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