WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Defending Victims of the Colombian State’s Crimes

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, 11 March 2020
1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20009

(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Please join us for a presentation by Germán Romero—a human rights lawyer representing those victimized by the Colombian Armed Forces, as well as victims of other cases like the 1985 siege of the Palace of Justice. Germán Romero has received several threats, including death threats, for his work defending victims of state crimes. Romero is a lawyer for the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, and in his talk, will share the difficulties faced by victims who seek justice through the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).

This year marks the 15th anniversary of a massacre that took the lives of seven members of the Peace Community, a case that is still awaiting full justice. This struggle for justice is apparent in many cases of high-level military officials who held positions during the years when massive numbers of extrajudicial killings by members of the armed forces took place. In his talk, Romero will also share his insights on the path towards full justice and will discuss the criminalization of social protest via the use of riot police in Colombia.


Event Details:

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Washington Office on Latin America, WOLA

1666 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20009



Germán Romero

Colombia Human Rights Lawyer, DH Colombia



Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli

Director for the Andes, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)


The event will be in Spanish.