Human Rights Program

Project Dates: March 2012 - October 2015

The government of Colombia and its civil society organizations needed support to develop policies and practices that increase human rights protections.


After Colombia’s internal conflict that began in 1964, the country’s government and civil society needed to cultivate a public and institutional culture that prioritized protecting human rights and preventing violations of them. The USAID Human Rights Program (HRP) strengthened the capacity of the government and civil society organizations to prevent and address human rights violations. The program focused on areas where human rights abuses were most prevalent, responding to changing dynamics of the conflict and human rights concerns. Collaborating with law schools and government institutions through various activities, the program also worked to sponsor continuing education in conflict and human rights.