HIAS’ community-based mental health programs promote the well-being of individuals, families, and communities affected by crisis and conflict so they can heal and rebuild their lives.Learn More
Colombia hosts the largest population of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean, with more than 2.8 million residing in the country. In recent years, Colombia has also received around 845,000 returnees from Venezuela, many of whom had been living abroad for significant periods of time.
HIAS supports displaced people to rebuild their lives and reunite with family members in safety and freedom. HIAS Colombia focuses on supporting single women, women-headed households, survivors of gender-based violence (GBV), people with disabilities and serious medical conditions, and LGBTQ+ refugees.
HIAS Colombia works with Venezuelan refugees and migrants, Colombian returnees from Venezuela, internally displaced people, and host communities.
people benefitted from HIAS' services in Colombia between 2019 and 2023
Our Work in Colombia
HIAS focuses on the prevention of and response to GBV, community-based mental health and psychosocial support, economic inclusion, and protection actions including temporary housing and supplementary food support. Working closely with government institutions, partner organizations, the private sector, and refugee communities, HIAS Colombia promotes local integration and access to rights and services. HIAS operates with the support of the United States Government, AECID, Airbnb, Cadena, Caritas, ECHO, the Hilton Foundation, the Internet Society Foundation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Uber, UNHCR Colombia, USAID-Laser Pulse, and Mackenzie Scott.
We work to protect the right of women, girls, and LGBTQ communities to access their full potential and live free from violence by supporting survivors, mitigating risks, and transforming beliefs that perpetuate GBV.Learn More
Dec 18, 2023
Violencia basada en género: una problemática latente en mujeres refugiadas y migrantes en Colombia
Dec 18, 2023
Si bien la VBG hace parte de la realidad de mujeres y población LGTBIQ+ desde antes de salir de su país, los factores asociados al riesgo de sufrir otras VBG como la violencia sexual se incrementan a lo largo del recorrido realizado entre Venezuela y Colombia. Después de su llegada a Colombia, confluyen distintos factores de exclusión, discriminación y xenofobia.
Nov 02, 2023
Now I Know It’s Violence
Nov 02, 2023
This report explores the lessons learned during the implementation of the 'Positive Masculinities' curriculum module run by HIAS in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. This curriculum module was part of the gender-based violence prevention program in the Andean region, funded by the US Department of State.
HIAS Colombia Opens New Office in Pereira
Thanks to the support of donor and partner organizations, HIAS Colombia has inaugurated a new office in the city of Pereira. The new office will provide legal protection, mental health and psychosocial support, economic inclusion and GBV response and prevention services to refugees, migrants, internally displaced people, and members of the local community.