About Colombian Caravana
The Colombian Caravana UK Lawyers Group is a group of international lawyers that monitor the human rights abuses faced by legal professionals in Colombia.
Members of the group first visited Colombia in 2008 at the invitation of the Association of Defence Lawyers “Eduardo Umaña Mendoza” (Asociación colombiana de abogados defensores “Eduardo Umaña Mendoza”, ACADEUM) which is an umbrella organisation for Colombian human rights lawyers. ACADEUM had issued a call for an international delegation of jurists – the International Caravana of Lawyers (Caravana) – to visit several regions of the country to meet lawyers and to receive testimony from human rights defenders at risk. 51 lawyers and legal professionals from Europe, Canada and Latin America joined the mission and their report No Justice Without Lawyers, can be viewed on the Delegations page
After the first International Caravana of Lawyers mission, a number of the delegates returned to the UK and established the Colombian Caravana UK Lawyers Group. The organisation was incorporated as a company in 2010 and achieved charity status in 2011.