Urge Congress to change U.S. policy toward Colombia to actively support the peace process.
Click here and send an email to Congress and urge them to do the following:
1. End military assistance in Colombia. More than a decade of U.S. engagement with Colombia has been overly militarized and framed within a failed strategy of the “war on drugs.” As Colombia moves towards peace, the United States must do the same and restructure its aid from the military to social and economic development.
2. End fumigations and provide viable economic alternatives to coca growers in Colombia. The United States needs to take a more holistic approach of addressing drug abuse as a public health issue here at home and rethink the “war on drugs” approach of criminalization, militarization, and eradication.
3. Support land restitution and return for displaced Colombians. As Colombia moves towards peace, U.S. assistance to Colombia should provide support to the internally displaced population for a safe and sustainable return to their homes and the restitution of land. U.S. economic assistance should help those who are displaced rebuild their livelihoods.
4. Support victims’ rights for truth, justice, and reparations. The victims of the violence in Colombia have the right to learn the truth about what took place, define what it means to have justice, and receive reparations for the harm that was caused. The United States can support the most vulnerable by supporting efforts for truth, justice, and reparations.