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El lunes 19 de diciembre el Proyecto de Acceso a la Justicia de USAID junto a la Corporación Universitaria del Caribe CECAR entregaron a la comunidad de la Pelona en San Onofre, Montes de María, la publicación “La Pelona, Memoria de Luchas y Vivencias Colectivas” como gesto de reparación simbólica. Consultar publicación en http://www.proyectodeaccesoalajusticia.com/ES/publicaciones.html   



El miércoles 14 de diciembre se llevó a cabo la instalación del Comité Departamental de Acceso a la Justicia (CDAJ) en Nariño, que tuvo como propósito articular entidades del orden nacional y territorial para coordinar acciones orientadas a la promoción efectiva del acceso a la justicia mediante el diseño, implementación y seguimiento de estas políticas públicas en el marco del posconflicto.
Foto: Gobernación de Nariño

El viernes 2 de diciembre se llevó a cabo el debate “Retos de la Justicia Local para el Posconflicto” el cual se realizó entre la Fundación Paz y Reconciliación, El Espectador y el Proyecto de Acceso a la Justicia de USAID. Este debate se desarrolló entorno a las principales  problemáticas y desafíos con los que cuenta la justicia local en el marco de un escenario de posconflicto en zonas rurales.

El viernes 11 de noviembre el Pueblo NASA, el Ministerio de Justicia, el municipio de Toribío y el Proyecto de Acceso a la Justicia de USAID realizaron el Foro “Encuentro de Jurisdicciones para la Construcción de la Paz”. Durante la jornada se realizaron dos páneles el primero sobre los retos de la justicia indígena en un escenario de pos-acuerdo, y el segundo sobre las lecciones aprendidas del proceso de formación en conciliación comunitaria.

En el segundo panel del foro "Encuentro de Jurisdicciones para la Construcción de la Paz”. se destacó el proceso de formación en conciliación comunitaria con el Proyecto NASA, a través del diplomado “Justicia Propia y Conciliación para el fortalecimiento del Gobierno Propio”, dictado por la Escuela de Justicia Comunitaria de la Universidad Nacional (EJCUN) con el apoyo de USAID.

Forum on “Local Justice, Territory and the Post-Conflict Era" in Southern Córdoba held on August 25 in Montería with the participation of representatives of the Embera Katío and Zenu indigenous peoples, community AfroColombian councils, community leaders, ethnic groups, victims’ associations, representatives of the Local Justice Committees of Montelíbano, Tierralta, San José de Uré and Puerto Libertador, and the ViceMinister of Justice, the acting Governor of Córdoba, and the High Advisor for Posconflict from the national government.

Forum on “Local Justice, Territory and the Post-Conflict Era" in Bajo Cauca and Southern Tolima. These forums were held on May 12 and 17 in Caucasia and Ibagué, with the participation of around 700 attendees, including peasant farmers from the region, grassroots organizations, community leaders, ethnic groups, victims’ associations, representatives of municipal Local Justice Committees (LJCs), students, local authorities, and representatives of the Governor’s Offices and the Ministry of Justice.

These forums were held in partnership with each department’s Governor’s Office and LJCs, and in Bajo Cauca with the DPS and the University of Antioquia. Their objective was to present public policy ideas and proposals for strengthening and improving access to justice in a peacebuilding scenario in the framework of the Rapid Response Strategy of the Post-Conflict and Justice Ministries, in relation to the Local Justice System.

Thematic brigade for victims in the town of Versalles, municipality of San José de Uré, CórdobaThis brigade was carried out on May 4 as part of the Legal and Psychosocial Brigade Project executed by the Diocese of Montelíbano – Pastoral Social in Southern Córdoba. The brigade was attended by 130 people who benefited from services provided by the UARIV, the National Ombudsman’s Office, the Office of the Municipal Solicitor of San José de Uré, the ICBF, the Territorial Consolidation for San José de Uré, and the Municipal Victims’ Liaison

In order to strengthen the participatory skills of indigenous women, the USAID Access to Justice Activity began a training cycle called “Justice and Gender,” which includes topics such as the meaning of the terms “feminine” and “masculine,” knitting and weaving narratives using caña fleche fiber, and deconstructing imaginary ideas, with the indigenous communities of Cáceres and Caucasia in Bajo Cauca Antioqueño.

The United States Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, the United States Ambassador to Colombia, the Director of USAID Colombia, and the Post-Conflict and Interior Ministers, among others, visited the Justice House in Cáceres on February 18. Municipal administration officials and representatives of the Senú indigenous community also participated in the meeting. 

USAID developed two training workshops in Caucasia on ethnic issues: “The Legality of the Indigenous Jurisdiction and the Functions of Guards in the Colombian Prison System,” held on February 9; and “The Treatment of the Special Indigenous Jurisdiction in the Colombian System,” held on February 10.

Kevin Whitaker, United States Ambassador to Colombia, and Rafael Pardo, Post-Conflict Minister, among other representatives, visited the Justice House in Santander de Quilichao on January 20 to discuss the work it is performing, with Justice House officials and the community.

Through the VLCs the community will be able to receive legal assistance at: http://consultoriojuridicovirtual.cecar.edu.co/ and at: http://legalapp.gov.co/. Law students will assist the users of the platform. The project ha planned to created six VLCs in targeted regions.

The USAID Access to Justice Activity, with the support of the Community Justice School of the National University of Colombia, initiated a “Diploma Program in the Administration of Justice in Equity,” aimed at potential conciliators in El Bagre and Caucasia in Bajo Cauca Antioqueño, on June 11 and 12.

The project supported the second meeting of the Territorial Committee of Experts of the Land Restitution Process Observatory (OPRT) on June 11 in Medellín, Antioquia, which verified advances made in the areas of observation, difficulties and obstacles for the land restitution process.


1.    The importance of the Justice Houses in peacebuilding and a post-conflict era, the need to expand the presence of the UARIV in the territories, and the experiences and contributions of Historical Memory in its work with communities, were some of the topics discussed in the workshop on “Justice Houses in the Post-Conflict Scenario” held in Santander de Quilichao from May 26 to 28. 

The project participated in the 2016 - 2019 Mayoral Pre-Candidate Conference held on May 14 for the 13 municipalities of Northern Cauca. As a result, 42 pre-candidates drafted a document of the initiatives they will seek to implementif they are elected, including those related to justice

 With the objective of presenting the institutional offer in relation to Justice, Human Rights and Transitional Justice, the project participated on May 22 in a roundtable with 15 mayoral and 3 council pre-candidates in the municipalities of Bajo Cauca Antioqueño

In order to bring justice services to the rural population of the villages of La Espriella and Llorente in the municipality of Tumaco, the project carried out a Mobile Justice House Brigade on April 29 that provided guidance to 247 people on gender-based violence, victims’ reparations, and assistance for IDPs, among other issues.


1.   “We women must treat each other with dignity and respect, and if we have the opportunity, we must help others,”” stated the President of the Women’s Network of Ibagué, who participated in one of the meetings held by the AJA in Chaparral and Ataco, Southern Tolima on April 22 and 23 to help strengthen the Network for Assistance to Victims of Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

On April 15 and 16, the AJA, with support from the Córdoba office of the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, offered training on “Legal Medicine Techniques” to 45 doctors in the municipalities of El Bagre, Nechí, Zaragoza, Tarazá, Cáceres and Caucasia in the Bajo Cauca Antioqueño region.


Expositions of Magistrates of the Colombian Constitutional Court related to gender-related issues in Colombia published by the National Gender Commission of the Judicial Branch with the support of USAID Access to Justice Activity and UNFPA, and launched during the celebration of the International Women´s Day on March 24, 2015    - Download

The Access to Justice Activity is implemented in 30
municipalities in Colombia


The basic premise of the USAID-funded Access to Justice Activity in
Colombia is that greater access to justice is a cornerstone of the rule
of law, which in turn is a key element for the establishment of a
sustainable democracy. 


Among other activities, the project will work in synergy with the
Ministry of Justice and Law to establish 11 new Justice Houses,
as well as provide assistance to sustain and improve the services
of existing Justice Houses; strengthen the National Gender
Commission of the Judicial Branch and its regional committees;
and support the implementation of reforms to increase
the productivity of justice sector institutions. Finally, the project
will support the judiciary as it seeks to establish effective and
efficient land restitution courts for the dispossessed victims
of Colombia’s lengthy armed conflict.

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