Discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity are serious problems throughout Colombia. Colombia Diversa, a leading LGBTI organization, estimates that in 2010-2011, 51 of 271 total murders were determined to be based on anti-LGBTI population motives. In Cali, in the department of Valle de Cauca, violence against transsexual women has been particularly severe. In response, USAID has provided support to LGBTI organizations to create training programs on risk awareness, self-protection, and advocacy, and has supported training for police and other public servants on respecting and protecting LGBTI rights.
Last updated: June 21, 2013