From Venezuela to Colombia: Steven's story
Since 2015, more than 6 million migrants have fled Venezuela's humanitarian crisis, with many seeking refuge in Colombia. One of them is Steven Moreno. In addition to facing xenophobia in his new home of Cartegena, he has also faced discrimination for being gay. Yet he has found community and purpose with support from Caribe Afirmativo, a local NGO and Pact partner in the Conectando Caminos por los Derechos project. Conectando Caminos por los Derechos supports Colombia’s efforts to prevent and respond to human rights violations, particularly among Venezuelan migrants, Colombian returnees and receptor communities, with the aim of increasing community cohesion and citizen security. The project is funded by USAID and implemented by a Pact-led consortium that includes the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Freedom House and Internews.
Video by Astrid Villegas and Brian Clark/Pact.