Human Rights in Central America

Human Rights in Central America

We're helping communities prevent and respond to human rights violations. The goal is to raise awareness and establish protections for vulnerable groups including internally displaced persons, migrants, women and the LGBTI community.

Strengthening Indigenous Businesses

Project
This program led by Colombia’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism with support from PADF seeks to strengthen the productive and business aspects of indigenous communities located in 23 municipalities throughout the country by assisting them in promoting commercial activities and opening up new markets.

Approximately 900 people from indigenous communities are participating in activities that strengthen their ability to manage businesses. This is being done through technical assistance, trainings, and capacity building activities.

The program is reaching 20 different indigenous groups, including the Wayúu, Arhuaco, Pastos, Curripacos, Papiocos, Tucanos, Desanos, Cubeos, Guanano, Pirata Puyo, Siriano, Misak, Kametsa, Inga, Nasa, Embera Katio, Eperara Siapidara, Ette (Chimila), Okaina, Bora, Uitoto, Muinane, Yukpa, Bari and Awá.

Location
Magdalena, Antioquia, Risaralda, Huila, Cauca, Nariño, Putumayo, Amazonas, La Guajira, Cesar, Norte de Santander, Guainía, Guaviare, Vaupés.

Duration
2014

Our Time is Now

Project
Our Time is Now is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Justice and Rights that seeks to prevent all forms of violence against children and adolescents by working with a national network of 82 “justice houses”—Casas de Justicia—that provide information, counseling, and serve as a mechanism for conflict resolution.

Launched in 2013 in 72 municipalities, the program works to promote greater awareness, responsibility, and commitment about the protection of the rights of children and adolescents. This is why Our Time is Now seeks to engage parents, local residents, teachers, community leaders, public officials, and representatives from the private sector so that they are aware of the rights of children and adolescents, that they recognize them as individuals who deserve to have rights, and use the different mechanism available under the law to give them greater access to the justice system.

Some of the main objectives include:

Strengthen protection for children and adolescents by working with institutions, schools, parents, and caretakers

Carry out a process of institutional strengthening, in particular the “justice houses” and other organizations that are charged in promoting the rights of children and adolescents, through trainings and seminars

Empower children and adolescents as well as their parents and caretakers to promote their rights and for their recognition as individuals who have rights

Identify viable solutions that help improve the living conditions of children and adolescents 

Location
Antioquia, Atlántico, Bolívar, Boyacá, Caldas, Casanare, Cauca, Cesar, Chocó, Córdoba, Cundinamarca, Guaviare, Huila, La Guajira, Magdalena, Meta, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Quindío, Risaralda; San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina; Santander, Sucre, Tolima, Valle del Cauca; y en la ciudad de Bogotá, D.C.

Duration
2013