Geoff Ramsey

Assistant Director for Venezuela

Geoff Ramsey is the Assistant Director of WOLA's Venezuela program. He is an avid observer of the situation in Venezuela—having helped coordinate WOLA’s response to and coverage of the December 2015 legislative elections from Caracas—as well as a regular contributor to WOLA’s Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights blog. Previously, he worked as WOLA's Research and Communications Associate, preparing analysis of some of the hemisphere's most pressing human rights, drug policy, and security issues. Before joining WOLA, Mr. Ramsey carried out consulting work as a researcher for the Open Society Foundation’s Latin America Program. His most recent work involved monitoring civil society advocacy for and implementation of 2013 drug policy reforms in Uruguay, where he lived for two years. Prior to that he lived in Colombia and Brazil, where he researched and reported on regional insecurity issues for InSight Crime. Mr. Ramsey earned an M.A. in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service, as well a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Spanish from AU.

Posts by Geoff

Mar. 2
3 min read

Venezuela Postpones Elections to May 20

After reports that Interior Minister Jorge Rodriguez had met with representatives of the opposition to offer postponing presidential elections and improving electoral conditions, these reports have finally been confirmed.  Yesterday, the government agreed to postpone presidential elections set for Aprill 22, and electoral authorities are instead holding them on May…

Jan. 9
5 min read

Venezuela Update: Prisoner Release Overshadowed by Decree Punishing Electoral Boycott

On December 23, National Constituent Assembly (ANC) head Delcy Rodriguez announced that the ANC’s internal Truth Commission had passed a resolution recommending that the government apply “alternative” sentences to individuals arrested as part of a crackdown on dissent in recent years. The announcement was framed as a gesture of goodwill…