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ICYMI: Human Freedom Fellow Joel Hirst Discusses Venezuela on VOA

May 9, 2012 1 minute Read by Hannah Abney

Fellow in Human Freedom Joel D. Hirst appeared on Voice of America's talk show “Inter-American Forum” to discuss Venezuela’s political situation on May 4, 2012.  In response to the speculations of President Chavez’s health, as well as his recent announcement of establishing a “Council of Government” and withdrawing from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Hirst emphasized the importance of respecting the Venezuelan constitution and honoring the upcoming electoral event. The full interview is available in Spanish here.


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Hannah Abney
Hannah Abney

Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group.  Abney also led communications efforts  at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.

A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University (B.A., Music) and lives in Dallas with her husband and young sons. 

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