Name: Geraldine Chacón
Arbitrarily detained: February 1, 2018
Released: June 1, 2018
Place of confinement: El Helicoide
Occupation: Human rights activist
Geraldine is a lawyer and human rights activist. With just 24 years old, she is part of the board of the NGO Embajadores Comunitarios, an initiative that young university students seek to take the learning of United Nations models to low-income communities.
On January 30, 2018, officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) raided the NGO headquarters without a warrant and forcibly took the activist Gregory Hinds. The next day, Geraldine was also arrested at her residence.
A court in Caracas charged Geraldine with the crimes of public incitement and conspiracy, being held at Sebin headquarters in El Helicoide. Although the same 5 of February was dictated to the young substitute measure of deprivation of liberty, that measure was not fulfilled.
On the day of her graduation from the Metropolitan University, her colleagues applauded her standing as a tribute, as she could not be present the day she would receive her law degree. The NGO Amnesty International declared her a prisoner of conscience.
On June 1, 2018, she was released as part of a “pacification” policy of the National Constituent Assembly. Before leaving prison, she was forced to appear before the Truth Commission of that organism.