WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
24 Apr 2014 | Video

Building Peace from the Ground Up in Medellín

This event was taped on April 24, 2014 at the Washington Office on Latin America.

As Colombia seeks to negotiate an end to its half century of conflict, it is increasingly evident that a  lasting and inclusive peace will only be achievable in cooperation with a robust civil society. Founded in 2006 by the recording artist Juanes to support victims of anti-personnel mines in Colombia, Fundación Mi Sangre has since expanded its work to include psychosocial support to conflict victims, education in peace and citizenship, and efforts to expand opportunities for at-risk youth in Medellín and elsewhere. Its programs frequently encourage participation in the arts.

In conversation with WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson, Ms. Cock discussed Teje la Vida, Pázalobien, and other innovative strategies that the Foundation has pursued, as well as the challenges of working in Medellín’s poorer neighborhoods and other parts of Colombia that are struggling to emerge from conflict.