In 2006, we began to accompany a collective of women lawyers in Bucaramanga, the Luis Carlos Pérez Lawyers’ Collective (CCALP), which had been founded three years before.
CCALCP is made up by a group of women lawyers who provide legal counsel to victims of grave human rights violations, in addition to accompanying initiatives in the defense of the environment, territory, and those that promote the Peace Agreements’ implementation. The collective’s work is mainly focused on the regions of Magdalena Medio and Catatumbo (Norte de Santander). Due to their efforts, in 2016, Diakonia Sweden granted CCALP the National Award for the Defense of Human Rights.
In response to their work in an extremely complex context, such as that of the Magdalena Medio, the women human rights lawyers and defenders have been threatened, harassed, and persecuted by state agents and illegal groups. For that reason, international accompaniment from PBI was necessary, as Julia will talk about in this video.
**Video realized by Javier Bauluz and produced thanks to the support the International Cooperation Agency of Extremadura for the Development (AEXCID)