How We Work

We have five cross-cutting teams, which work across all issue areas

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Dejusticia is organized into seven thematic lines and five crosscutting areas, all of which are strongly integrated to one another. While thematic line focuses on a main topic of research and advocacy, our crosscutting areas bring to bear additional tools with which Dejusticia achieves its advocacy goals, including litigation, communications, education and capacity building.

Education and Internationalization (Global South & North Collaborations) are two crosscutting lines that contribute to thematic lines by activating international networks or by providing tools to strengthen human rights advocacy skills by multiple stakeholders across the Global South. In addition, these two lines’ interactions with the work of thematic lines contribute to maintaining the connection between our international and national work.

Our Operations team facilitates the work of all the lines and areas and it coordinates our publications.

Our Cross-Cutting Areas

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We develop, present and follow up on our own cases presented before the High Courts of Colombia. We also intervene, assist in or file amicus curiae in existing cases before Courts in Colombia, other countries, or before Commission or the Court in the Inter-American System.



We design and provide human rights education and capacity-building opportunities in a variety of formats—from online resources to workshops and conferences—to amplify the work of advocates across the Global South, and to assist academics, judges, policy designers and communities, among other actors, who seek to improve human rights conditions.

Global South & North Collaborations: Internationalization

We seek to produce concrete changes in the practice and framing of human rights at the international level by amplifying the voice of the Global South and fortifying the global human rights movement through collaboration, expertise and experience sharing, capacity-building and education. We conduct collaborative transnational advocacy, with Global South partners.


The Communication area works with all the thematic lines in identifying themes, specific objectives, messages, and audiences. It proposes tools, the most effective format for a particular message, and develops effective language and trains Dejusticia staff on communication skills.


We promote positive social change by producing rigorous studies and research-based policy proposals.  Publications are coordinated by members of our Operations Team.

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