Our Partners

Our Partners

The FOR Peace Presence provides permanent, year-round accompaniment to the peace community of San José de Apartadó and periodic accompaniment to a handful of other organizations. *Also see ISSUES WE WORK ON and our MEDIA GALLERY pages.

Who We Work With and Accompany

Peace Community San José de Apartadó
communitySan José de Apartadó, located in Colombia’s northern region of Urabá, is one of many communities in Colombia that have taken an extraordinary and nonviolent stand against war, by refusing to support any armed actor involved in Colombia’s decades-long conflict. The community has suffered terribly from political violence, mostly by paramilitary groups supported by the Colombian Army, and remains a principle obstacle to the paramilitary’s expansion of its violent project in the Urabá and Chocó regions. Read More >
ACA – Asociación Campesina de Antioquia (Peasant Farmers Association of Antioquia)
acaIn Antioquia, the Peasant’s Association of Antioquia (ACA) was founded as an alliance between poor farmer communities to improve their lives and conditions and a focus on their rights to not be threatened, to farm and have land.  The ACA assists communities who are planning their own return to their lands and especially works in areas where multinational corporations are trying to enforce their interest in dams, resources or agricultural large scale projects (e.g. bananas, oil palms). ACA also has an extensive communications team that investigates and documents the experiences of rural communities. The videos they produce serve to preserve the memory of what has happened in these places, why they were displaced and how they have organized to return. Read More >
ACOOC – Acción Colectiva de Objetores y Objetoras por Conciencia
acoocACOOC works with young people between the ages of 16-30, from poor urban neighborhoods, where the conflict is both intense and particularly risky for youth, with special focus on youth from Bogotá. Young people in Colombia are victims of recruitment from both legal (the national Colombian army) and illegal groups (the guerrillas and paramilitaries). Colombia is the only South American nation where military service is obligatory, meaning that all 18-year-old young men must serve for one to two years. ACOOC supports conscientious objectors in their struggle to not be discriminated against and to achieve recognition by the Colombian government. ACOOC also supports young people who are victims of illegal recruitment practices by the military. Read More >

Tierra Digna
tierraTierra Digna is a Colombian organization dedicated to the promotion and defence of communities affected by economic policies that lead to human rights violations. The organization offers comprehensive accompaniment of communities, through legal support and research, guaranteeing access to justice for affected communities and their rights in order to counteract the impunity that characterizes these violations. Read More >
Human Rights Defenders
jorgeWe accompany several high profile human rights defenders who are often stigmatized and threatened for doing their legal and political work. Human rights defenders work tirelessly to hold the Colombian government accountable for human rights violations and uphold the rights of vulnerable populations.   They often endure threats, stigmatization, and attempts to delegitimize their work.  As the FOR Peace Presence, we stand with these human rights defenders seeking to maintain and expand the space that they have to effectively work.Currently, we accompany human rights defenders Jorge Molano and German Romero, who litigate emblematic human rights cases involving powerful interests and often implicating Colombian Generals and other powerful political figures—two landmark cases include the Colombia Judicial Palace Case and the 2005 massacre of the Peace Community.  Jorge Molano and German Romero recently filed charges requesting that the Colombian public forces be investigated for their abuse of power and use of violence against unarmed civilians during the National Grassroots Agrarian protests.We are about to start accompanying human rights defender, Nancy Fiallo, on a project to interview politicians arrested for links to paramilitaries.  We’ll travel with Nancy to prisons and interview these politicians to learn more about the past and present para-economy in Colombia.  Nancy and the Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris will produce a report and documentary to be released next year about the Colombia para-economy—be on the look-out for these on our website in 2014!
Red Juvenil de Medellín (Youth Network of Medellín)
redThe Medellin Youth Network is a youth organization that operates explicitly on principles of nonviolence. Started in 1990 by young people who had lost loved ones to the armed conflict, the group trains youth in nonviolence and cooperative play, supports young men who refuse to serve with the police, military or illegal armed groups, and promotes respect for human rights and youth’s ideas in Colombian society. A core group of about 30 young people work out of the group’s office and gathering space, a large house not far from the city center. Another 150 youth organized into neighborhood and issue groups are regularly involved in their activities. FOR accompanied the Red Juvenil from 2005 – 2013. Currently they are not an active partner. Read More >