Marianela Sanchez Ortiz
It is sad to see that the government has shown complete inability, negligence and irresponsibility regarding the prison system. You cannot manage a prison from a desk, to manage it you have to spend time with the people there, listen to their families, stay there day after day, feel the smell of the prison
Marianela Sánchez Ortiz is a human rights defender and the Legal Coordinator for the Observatorio Venezolano de Prisiones (OVP - Venezuelan Prisons Observatory), which documents violations against prison detainees in Venezuela. She faces threats and harassment as a result of her work.