The main goal of AYA2014 is to reflect on and create efficient strategies to deal with the challenges of the globalization of ayahuasca. The world’s leading lawyers with experience in defending the use of ayahuasca in different contexts and international drug policy experts like Ethan Nadelmann will meet during the conference to focus on the legal and human rights issues surrounding ayahuasca.
We are very happy to announce that both the Brazilian and Ecuadorian governments are participating in this process: Leon de Souza GarcĂaÂ of the Brazilian drug policy department of the government (SENAD) will join us for the Welcome SessionÂ of this event, along with Rodrigo VĂ©lez Valarezo of the same department of the Ecuadorian government (CONSEP). We are working hard to try to involve the Peruvian and Colombian authorities in this process.
- Leon GarcĂa is a Brazilian psychiatrist and PhD in Public Health. He presently holds the position of director of drug policy coordination at the National Secretariat on Drug Policy (SENAD) from the Brazilian Ministry of Justice. Together with civil society organizations, SENAD has lead the efforts that regulated and gave legal status to the ritual use of Ayahuasca in Brazil in the years 2000.
- Rodrigo VĂ©lez is, since 2010, the Executive Secretary of the National Council for the Control of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (CONSEP) of Ecuador. He studied Economics at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil, and has a degree in Economics, Business Administration Faculty of the University of Northridge, California, USA. Its responsibilities are strategic, administrative, technical, operational and financial planning CONSEP. He also works closely with the Presidency and his administration for the development of the National Drug Policy Team.