VRIO - Venezuelan Migrant Human Rights Activity (CCD)

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OVERVIEW

USAID’s Venezuelan Migrant Human Rights Activity (or CCD for its Spanish name Conectando Caminos por los Derechos) supports medium and long-term development for Venezuelan migrants, Colombian returnees and receptor communities in Colombia. CCD’s goal is to increase community cohesion and citizen security by ensuring that all members of society live free from crime and violence, regardless of their legal status in the country. CCD is implemented through a consortium between Freedom House, PACT, the American Bar association and Internews.  CCD operates in metropolitan areas with large migrant populations like Riohacha, Maicao, Cúcuta, Bucaramanga, Santa Marta, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Cali, Medellín, Bogotá, Pasto and Ipiales, and it runs from May 2020-April 2024. 

CCD seeks to address those human rights violations that are most prevalent in receptor communities and have the highest risk of reducing community cohesion and security. The activity supports prevention and protection of people from labor exploitation, sexual exploitation, forced recruitment, human trafficking, enforced disappearance and gender-based violence. Among CCD’s prioritized populations, emphasis is placed on women, youth, indigenous people, Afro-Colombians and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) persons.

COMPONENTS

PREVENTING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS 

CCD improves the legal framework and GOC institutional capacity needed to prevent human rights violations and to support the regularization of Venezuelan migrants.  CCD also improves citizen security through partnerships with local actors, and it facilitate migrants, returnees, and host communities’ access to justice and human rights services.

STRENGTHENING HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION SYSTEMS

CCD supports formal and informal protection systems that provide human rights guidance and assistance to migrants, Colombian returnees, and host communities. The activity also strengthens civil society capacities to provide legal, social, economic, cultural and psychosocial care to migrants, and it provides protection to journalists, social leaders and human rights defenders.

RESPONDING TO HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS 

CCD improves documentation, assessment, and dissemination of human rights violations and supports litigation for vulnerable populations. CCD helps increase access to quality justice services for migrants and victims of human rights violations.

RESPONDING TO CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES

CCD uses flexible mechanisms to respond to unforeseen challenges and changing migrant and receptor communities’ needs.  The activity employs a Rapid Response Fund to provide services to migrants and returnees, and to advocate for their social inclusion in priority municipalities.

EXPECTED RESULTS 

  • Supported the documentation of three human rights violations against migrants;
  • Strengthened a civil society organizations’ capacity to provide services to migrant populations;
  • Provided over 3,420 migrants and Colombian returnees with legal assistance and/or access to rights through the Rapid Response Fund; 
  • Strengthened a protocol for human trafficking prevention, protection and response in the context of migration;
  • Helped 861 migrants and Colombian returnees understand and access health, education, regularization, legal representation, and more; and
  • Reached 2,574 women through justice with a gender perspective, GBV awareness campaigns and/or institutional care routes to guarantee their rights.
Contact Information
Astrid Villegas

E-mail: aevillegas@pactworld.org

Last updated: August 27, 2021

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