HIAS in Guyana

Founded: 2020
Staff Size: 8
Country Director: Alex Theran
Office Location: Georgetown


The Guyanese government has reported 17,000 Venezuelans registered in Guyana. However, the Department of Immigration registers and processes arrivals at official ports of entry only, so official statistics may reflect a lower number of Venezuelans and returning Guyanese in the country. It is estimated that a population of 33,350 displaced people will be in Guyana by the end of 2020, more than half of them women. 



HIAS Guyana will prioritize vulnerable populations: women, girls, men, and boys engaged in survival sex; victims of trafficking and gender-based violence (GBV) survivors and their families; single-headed households; families with children; pregnant and lactating women and their families; people with disabilities or chronic illnesses and their families; older people; unaccompanied and separated children; child-headed households; survivors of violence and torture; and members of the LGBTQ community.

Other significant groups include the Warao indigenous community seeking international protection across the border, and returning Guyanese.



HIAS will provide urgent support for the most at-risk, focusing on protection of the most vulnerable, with programs in GBV prevention and response, mental health, and psychosocial support. HIAS will assist Venezuelans in Guyana so they are empowered and can access basic rights. HIAS interventions will ensure the most vulnerable can access support, live safely and free from discrimination, and access their full spectrum of rights.

HIAS’s services are free. If someone tries to charge you for services claiming they represent HIAS, please report it at our confidential email address: ethics@hias.org. HIAS has a zero-tolerance policy on fraud and corruption. 

For any other inquiries please email us at info@hias.org.