Paula Gaviria Betancur

Consejera presidencial para los Derechos Humanos (Colombia)

Paula leads the implementation of the National Strategy for the Guarantee of Human Rights, which has a long-term vision 2014-2034. Previously, she was the head director of the Victims Unit, which coordinates the implementation of the Victims and Land Restitution Law that provides attention, assistance, and reparation for those affected by the Colombian armed conflict. Paula graduated as a lawyer, and specialized in journalism, public opinion, and political marketing in the Universidad de Los Andes. She also completed several programs in Human Rights, such as the Transitional Justice Fellowship in South Africa, and the International Visitors Leadership Program in the State Department of the United States. Gaviria also worked as the communications chief officer of the Colombian Constitutional Court, and as Director for promotion of Human Rights and private secretary in the Ombudsman’s Office, where she led the relationships with international donors and other countries, such as the United States, Germany, the Netherland, Canada or Norway. She also led civil society initiatives in Fundación Social, where she directed the Human Rights and Peace Consultancy area, and promoted the civil society advocacy for the Victims and Land Restitution Law.