Alfredo Romero

Foro Penal

Alfredo Romero is a human rights lawyer and activist in Venezuela. He is well recognized for his pro bono work since 2002, providing humanitarian and legal aid to victims of political repression and their families, including those killed, brutally tortured, disappeared or arbitrarily detained.

Romero is the President of the NGO Foro Penal in Venezuela formed by a network of more than 5,000 activists, including more than 200 pro bono lawyers.

For more than 17 years, Alfredo and Foro Penal have represented more than 10,000 victims of political repression in Venezuela, mostly youth, providing national and international legal assistance, campaigning for their release and denouncing human rights abuses.

Alfredo has a masters degree from Georgetown University and from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was a Research Fellow (2015-2016) at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government where he developed a research and conducted a seminar on strategies and tactics for counteracting State repression.

Alfredo Romero has been nationally and internationally recognized for his human rights work, including the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, and in 2014 Foro Penal obtained the US State Department Human Rights Defender Award.