Irwin Cotler, PC, OC (born May 8, 1940) was the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal from 1999 to 2015. He served as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada from 2003 until the Liberal government of Paul Martin lost power following the 2006 federal election. He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in a by-election in November 1999, winning 92% of votes cast. He is considered an expert on international law and human rights law. Cotler served as counsel to former prisoners of conscience Nelson Mandela in South Africa, Jacobo Timmerman in Latin America, Muchtar Pakpahan in Asia, as well as other well known political prisoners and dissidents.
Franklin has dedicated part of his professional activity to mediation and international negotiation, specializing in intellectual property. Arbitrator and mediator of World Services Group; Arbitrator for the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI); the Specialized Center of Arbitration and Conciliation of the Chamber of Conciliation in Intellectual Property, Colombia; and Mediator at the Center for Mediation at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He was also President and Co-founder of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR); and he is the current President of the World Jurists Association. He has been considered one of the top IP lawyers in Venezuela by Latin Lawyer, The Legal 500 and Best Lawyers. Author of several legal works edited in Venezuela.
Bárbara Palacios is a highly respected public figure with an impeccable reputation. Living most of her life in Caracas, Venezuela, moving to the United States with her family in 2000 and currently residing in Florida. Barbara has been married for 29 years and has 2 children.She has simultaneously developed an intense and productive career as a recognized spokesperson for a variety of company’s, as well as in the television industry in the US and abroad. She has served as host for many TV shows including the Latin Grammys (5 years), Miss Venezuela (7 Years), Miss Universe, Viña del Mar Festival, Miss USA and others.
Miss Universe, Author, International Speaker, Entrepreneur, Recognized Spokesperson, TV Celebrity
She is currently working togehter with our organization helping the people in Venezuela
Orlando Viera Blanco
Mr. Viera-Blanco is a well-known Venezuelan Lawyer and Human Rights activist. He graduated from Universidad Católica de Venezuela in Caracas in 1987, continuing his Graduate Studies in Commercial Law and Intelectual Property. Mr. Viera-Blanco also has a Master Degree in Political Science from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela. He taugh Political Culture and Democratic Values in Canadian and Venezuelan Universities.
Mr. Viera Blanco is the Senior Partner & Founder of the Law Firm "Viera Blanco & Asociados" established in 1989. Also he founded a political communication, public opinion and qualitative surveys Firm "Data Mining" in 2003. He is a regular columnist and writer for more than 25 years in a Venezuelan newspaper "El Universal" and other newspapers/media/websites of national and international circulation.
As a Latin American VicePresident for the World Jurist Association he participated in several conferences about Law and Human Rights. He is an external advisor to the Permanent Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly of Venezuela. He participated as an advisor in many electoral campaigns and Political Communication in Venezuela.
Currently Mr. Viera Blanco combines his dues as a President of Venezuelan Engagement Foundation Group with his activities in the defense of Human Rights around the world and his work as a Lawyer.