WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

U.S-Colombia Labor Action Plan: Progress or Unfulfilled Promises in the Wake of Post-Conflict Period

Wednesday, 17 August 2016
1666 Connecticut Ave NW. Suite 400, Washington D.C.

You are cordially invited to join the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) for a conversation with Colombian Senator Alexander Lopez Maya and members of Colombia’s SINTRACIHOBI Union

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Washington Office on Latin America
1666 Connecticut Ave NW, 4th floor

A live stream of the event will be available at www.wola.org
To RSVP, please use the form on the right.

For more information, please contact Sebastian Bernal at
+1 (202) 797-2171.

We hope you can join us.

Senator Alexander Lopez Maya
Senator of the Republic of Colombia

Matilde Campo de Ladeuth
Member of the SINTRACIHOBI union

Caridad de Jesus Vasquez Casas
Member of the SINTRACIHOBI union


Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli,
WOLA Senior Associate for the Andes


In 2011, the United States and Colombia launched the Labor Action Plan, a framework of commitments negotiated between the two governments to better protect worker rights, prevent violence against unionists, and punish the perpetrators of that violence. Despite progress in some areas, reports by groups such as the nongovernmental organization National Labor School (ENS), prove that the plan has not been fully implemented and that none of the 37 agreed measures on 10 areas have been enacted.

Following the peace accords, Colombia will need a deep political and cultural change that allows society to resolve conflicts in a peaceful and constructive ways. Respect for labor rights and the Labor Action Plan must play a role in the post-conflict scenario.

Please join us as Senator Lopez Maya addresses the status of the LAP and the way forward as Colombia approaches post-conflict, He will be joined by members from SINTRACIHOBI a union for community childcare workers, affected by the lack of adequate implementation of public policies for labor protection and violence prevention.