Gimena Sánchez


Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli is the leading Colombia human rights advocate at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). Ms. Sánchez is an expert on peace and illegal armed groups, internally displaced persons, human rights and ethnic minority rights. Her work has shed light on the situation of Colombia's more than seven million internally displaced persons—as well as help expose the links between Colombia's government and drug-funded paramilitaries. She is active in promoting labor rights and implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan. In November 2012 the Colombian Senate presented WOLA with a human rights award for making a significant contribution towards advancing labor rights in recognition of Ms. Sánchez's work. She's received numerous awards for her work on behalf of ethnic minorities including in 2014 by the DC Mayor's Office and 2015 the Catholic Diocesis of Quibdó.