We work against discrimination through research, legal advocacy and social action


We work to promote the rights of women and the LGBTI population. Our work has addressed the rights of same-sex couples, sexual and reproductive rights of women, and has focused on the political participation and push states to guarantee the rights of women and individuals of diverse sexual orientations who have been victims of armed conflict.

We also promote the debate on the national health care system in Colombia and push for a gender focus in drug and prison policies.

Racial &
Ethnic Discrimination

We advocate for equality for indigenous communities and Afro-descendants and for their increased representation and participation. We participate in the design, support and strengthening of mechanisms of participation and prior consultation related to natural resources and extractive industries. We also follow up on court judgments that affect these populations and push for affirmative action especially in labor and education.

While our work is rooted in Colombia-based work, we have pursed research, litigation and advocacy throughout Latin America and in other regions of the Global South, and we have developed networks and forums for experience sharing with indigenous and ethnically differentiated communities across the Global South.

Research & Publications

Monitoring report on Resolution 1325 of the United Nations, Colombia 2017

he Sixth Monitoring Report of Resolution 1325 is a monitoring and implementation instrument, produced by Coalition 1325 since 2011. This report becomes important in the framework of the implementation of the Final Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP, It follows up on Resolution 1325 and provides tools to assess the application of the gender approach and the participation of women in the implementation of the Agreement.

Prison or death. Professional secrecy as a fundamental guarantee in abortion cases.

This book raises some legal reflections on the importance of professional secrecy by health professionals in the cases of women who come to health centers looking for help after having terminated their pregnancy clandestinely, endangering their health and even their life.

Negotiating from the margins: The political participation of women in the peace processes of Colombia (1982-2016)

This book offers analyses and recommendations regarding the participation of women in peace processes so that peace agreements can become long-term social pacts that are both inclusive and committed to justice and equality.


Gender focus in rural reform is important but insufficient

The Gender-in-Peace Working Group -GPAZ, a group of which Dejusticia is a member, took part in the Public Hearing convened by the Constitutional Court, within the framework of the informal constitutional review of Decree 902 of 2017 "to facilitate the implementation of the Comprehensive Rural Reform contemplated in the Final Land Agreement, specifically the procedure for access and formalization and the Land Fund."

The national government geographically isolated Chocó

We intervened to support a tutela that requires the government to pave the Quibdó-Medellín and Quibdó-Pereira roads: a promise that has historically been unfulfilled.

Dejusticia and Cimarrón intervened before the Constitutional Court to oppose racial discrimination in the workplace

The Constitutional Court is about to end the legal struggle that Jonh Jak Becerra undertook six years ago, after being a victim of racial discrimination at work. Dejusticia and Cimarrón called for the protection of the rights to equality, non-discrimination, decent work and due process.

Other Activities &

The Supreme Court rules in favor of peasants

Regarding the legal action that 1,770 peasants filed to be included in the census, the court ordered the Government to define the concept of peasant, to include this population in the census, and to advance public policies that ensure their material equality.

Dejusticia and other organizations support the case brought before the United States Supreme Court to protect the right to non-discrimination of same-sex couples

The United States Supreme Court will hear the case of a same-sex couple in Colorado who was denied a cake for their wedding by a pastry chef claiming religious (specifically Christian) objections. In an intervention presented before this Court, Dejusticia and other organizations of the INCLO network supported the couple’s right not to be discriminated against.

With tutela, 1,700 male and female peasants ask to be included in the census

"For peasants to count, they have to be counted," is the slogan of the plaintiffs who have been rejected by the government during the last two years after asking to be identified in the 2018 census.

Columns &

The needles revolution: reducing damages while protecting the health of drug users

Offering new needles to drug users - no matter how controversial it could be - is increasingly urgent in order to protect the health and rights of these populations.

A mother with many daughters

Daughters from a same mother are mobilizing in Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, Philippines and Mexico to defend it.

The right to live and die without pain in the Americas

Living and dying without pain is a very important component of the right to health. Consequently, States have an obligation not only to remove obstacles that prevent patients from obtaining palliative drugs, but also to promote more flexible programs and policies that facilitate access to these medicines.

Project Highlights

Photo: Piyushgiri Revagar

Launched in September 2014 by Dejusticia and the Observatory on Racial Discrimination, the Prior Consultation Information Center is a platform for different actors interested in advocating the right to consultation to share experiences, get information, and explore ideas for the implementation of the right to free and informed consultation, as well as other rights of ethnic groups.

The Observatory of Racial Discrimination (ODR) is a space for research about and action against the practices of racial discrimination in Colombia and Latin America. Its education program is the Incubator for Afro-Colombian Lawyers for Human Rights and Against Discrimination. Through this program, ODR facilitates access to courses, workshops, masters’ programs for its participants. At the same time, it is a space to strengthen alliances and collaborations amongst young defenders of racial justice in Colombia.

The Incubator team created the blog Letra Prieta, a space for analysis and critique about diverse manifestations of racism and ways to combat it.

First Global Workshop on Human Rights Strategies for Indigenous Leaders of the Global South

The first Workshop for Indigenous Leaders of the Global South has three principal objectives. First, it seeks to strengthen alliances and coordination between activists and indigenous organizations of the Global South. Second, it aims to strengthen the capacity of analysis, advocacy and mobilization of the participants through collective learning and reflection sessions about these topics. Finally, the Workshop seeks to build a global strategy for the defense and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples.

Application materials should be sent to the Center for Information on Prior Consultation at by June 10, 2017.


Dejusticia Submits Comments to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding Advisory Opinion Request on LGTBI Rights

Dejusticia filed a brief before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding Costa Rica's request for an Advisory Opinion from the Court. This request for an Advisory Opinion seeks clarification about the patrimonial rights of same sex couples and the rights of persons who wish to change their legal name according to their gender identity.

Read more about the submission here.


Photo: Diego Cambiaso

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