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

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.

Women, Drug Policy, and Imprisonment: A Guide for Reforming Policy in Colombia

This guide diagnoses the impact of deprivation of liberty on women imprisoned due to drug offenses, and formulates recommendations to mitigate and prevent the disproportionate effects of incarceration.

Women, Drug Policy, and Imprisonment

This guide, written by the Washington Office on Latin America, the International Drug Policy Consortium, the Inter-American Commission of Women, and Dejusticia, proposes drug policy reform to reduce the female prison population in the Americas.


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 Agreements for the Substitution of Illicit Crops must have a gender perspective

GPaz and Dejusticia presented contributions for the inclusion of the gender approach in the route to the formulation and implementation of Collective Agreements within the framework of the National Comprehensive Substitution Plan.

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.

The migratory wall that refugees face

What is it like to migrate to Colombia and the United States? The stories of Johan and Sonia, two of the 65.6 million people who have been forcibly displaced around the world.

Columns &

Professional secrecy in abortion cases: the inhumane dilemma between prison and death

The protection of professional secrecy in abortion cases is a fundamental guarantee for women to exercise their right to terminate a pregnancy. If doctors continue to violate professional secrecy and report on abortion cases, women will continue to be subjected to an inhumane dilemma, having to choose between prison or death.

The Independence of Festivities

The Independence Festivities of Cartagena affirm our identity and foster the social fabric. Thus, they must remain separate from the National Beauty Contest that obscured them with its media strength.

Feeling vulnerable

Many men have difficulty understanding the fears that many women experience when facing the threat of harassment. We fail to understand the vulnerability that women feel in situations that men consider safe and banal, such as walking through certain places.

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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