Women Walking Toward Justice: Improving the Lives of Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia
Pact – In Colombia, Venezuelan migrants and Colombian returnees face many challenges. With limited access to justice and economic opportunities, they experience far more violence and violations of their human rights than other residents of Colombia. Women are among the most vulnerable. Since May 2020, Pact and our partners have been working to change this through ‘Conectando Caminos por los Derechos.’ Funded by USAID, the program is building community cohesion and citizen security to guarantee the right of all members of society to live free from all forms of crime and violence, regardless of their legal status in the country. Our partners include ABA ROLI, Freedom House and Internews, as well as local organizations and governments.
‘Conectando Caminos’ works in border areas, in the municipalities of Cúcuta, Bucaramanga, Riohacha and Maicao, as well as other Colombian cities with a high presence of migrant and returnee populations, such as Bogotá, Barranquilla, Medellín and Cartagena. As we strive to protect migrants’ human rights and improve the response to human rights violations, we celebrate women making a difference for these communities.