Since 2019, ABA ROLI has sought to strengthen judicial training in Colombia through funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Through INL’s program, Building Better Justice: Strengthening Judicial Training in Colombia, ABA ROLI seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Rodrigo Lara Bonilla Judicial Training School (JTS) in addressing Colombia’s dynamic justice challenges and the needs of a diverse judicial system. Specifically, the program focuses on improving the JTS' administration of judicial education, especially with respect to criminal law. The training of new judges and continuing education of experienced judges is crucial to Colombia’s judicial system. In that vein, our program is designed to support host country partners in enhancing access to judicial education opportunities for Colombian judges and court personnel.
In 2020, ABA ROLI launched a new effort designed to prevent and respond to human rights abuses of migrants and returnees. The Venezuelan Migrant Human Rights Activity – known as Conectando Caminos por los Derechos (CCD) – is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). We are strengthening the capacities of government actors in Colombia to prevent human rights violations, just as we give tools to the legal profession and civil society to effectively address the migration crisis.