August 11, 2017

Colombian lawyer Patricia Guerrero receives the 2017 ABA International Human Rights Award

The American Bar Association honored Colombian lawyer Patricia Guerrero with its 2017 ABA International Human Rights Award in recognition of her long record of defending victims of sexual violence and women who are displaced by the Colombian armed conflict. The award was presented to Guerrero at the International Distinguished Guests Dinner on Aug.10 at the Rockefeller Plaza Rainbow Room during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City.

Colombian lawyer Patricia Guerrero, recipient of the 2017 ABA International Human Rights Award


Guerrero, a feminist activist and former judge, is the founder and director of the League of Displaced Women (Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas), an independent nonprofit organization that advocates for protections for women who have been forced to flee their homes because of the country’s armed conflict.

Guerrero has fought for access to justice and the rights of displaced women and their families through aggressive political and legal advocacy, ensuring not only legal representation for victims, but also fighting for laws that protect and help them rebuild their lives. Despite often grave opposition from paramilitary forces, Guerrero is committed to aiding women impacted by the decades-long conflict.

The ABA International Human Rights Award was established to honor and give public recognition to an individual or an entity that has made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of human rights outside of the United States. The recipient is selected jointly by the ABA Center for Human Rights, the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, the Section of International LawSection of Litigation and the Rule of Law Initiative.