Dear Friends, 

I’m honored and humbled to have been appointed by OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro to the volunteer diplomatic post of Special Envoy on the Responsibility to Protect.

In this capacity, I will engage in wide consultations with Member States and civil society to develop a regional system to prevent and respond to mass atrocity crimes, including the creation of a new approach to structure the work, an early warning system, prospective tools, and regular reporting.  In light of the ongoing crimes against humanity taking place in Venezuela, I will have a special focus on working with the Secretary General to ameliorate the suffering of the Venezuelan people.

I’ve known and worked with Secretary General Almagro on various issues over the years and he is a tireless and dedicated public servant who has a relentless commitment to advance human rights in the region.  I am especially looking forward to working for him and the people of the Americas in this important role.