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Pares en Acción-Reacción Contra la Exclusión Social – PARCES ONG.

Bogotá, Colombia
Joined March 2017

Pares en Acción Contra la Exclusión Social - PARCES ONG. If human rights are just for a few, we are not talking about rights: we are talking about the evidence of social injustice and inequality

Presence in: Colombia
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Health, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights


PARCES is a non-profit community-based organization based in Bogotá. Its main purpose is to identify and fight against the discrimination, exclusion and rights violations suffered by historically marginalized people and communities. During the past three years, PARCES NGO has worked alongside the LGBTQ community and imprisoned transgender women, homeless people, female and male sex workers, drug users and street vendors. We use a Participatory Action Research (PAR) frame through which a collectivist, community-based perspective seeks to empower the communities we work with and generate both a community impact at the very local scale and public impact at the district and national scale through public policy recommendations. The organization’s main goal is to have political, social and cultural incidence that protects and promotes the human rights of the marginalized populations we work alongside including transgender women.

Our approach triangulates the use of rigorously produced academic evidence, the active participation of affected community members and creative strategies for political and public incidence that enable our campaigns and advocacy efforts to reach not only governmental actors that can catalyze top-down changes but also broader society and citizens who reproduce the more subtle and silent stigmas and structural violence against transgender and other historically marginalized populations. This critical triangulation for social justice is achieved through the articulation of a multidisciplinary team that works alongside peer leaders to rigorously document human rights violations and propose feasible solutions.

Moreover, PARCES has a unique approach to community activism because we promote horizontal alliances between community members, other action-oriented organizations (both governmental and non-governmental) and academia.


People Associated With This Organization

Alejandro Lanz

Pares en Acción-Reacción Contra la...
Joined March 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Peace-building, Women's Rights
Alejandro Lanz works as the Executive Director of PARCES NGO, where he is responsible for coordinating the policy incidence strategies and the advocacy strategic litigations in order to catalyze actions to combat human rights related violations against LGBTIQ individuals, female and male (cis and trans) sex workers, people who use drugs, homeless folks, as well as victims of the armed conflict in Colombia.

Previously, Lanz served for 1 year as a LGBTIQ Consultant Expert with the Fundación Ideas para la Paz.

Prior to assuming the Executive Front Office of PARCES, Lanz worked at Colombia Diversa as a legal attorney for the LGBTIQ communities in Bogotá, primarily focusing on positioning the transgender human rights agenda in the national debate.

Lanz has been long active in community based activism for human rights advocacy and has conducted researches within the PAR framework, having a unique approach that triangulates geo-ethnographic and socio-legal data collection methods.

Nora Picasso

Pares en Acción-Reacción Contra la... (Unverified)
Joined April 2017
Interests: Citizenship, Education, Family, Gender-based violence, Health, Peace-building, Women's Rights
Maestra en Derecho. Interesada en temas de género desde una perspectiva interseccional. He trabajado con mujeres víctimas de acoso y violencia sexual, mujeres que ejercen el trabajo sexual, personas LGBT privadas de la libertad, entre otras. Me interesa muchísimo compartir experiencias de empoderamiento, especialmente para mujeres víctimas de violencia de género. Lo anterior desde una perspectiva participativa y sin reforzar los estigmas asociados a ciertas violencias.

Tatiana Uribe

Pares en Acción-Reacción Contra la... (Unverified)
Joined April 2017
Interests: Citizenship, Education, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights
Soy Tatiana Uribe, feminista, abogada defensora de derechos humanos y activista por los derechos de las personas trans y de las personas que ejercen trabajo sexual. Trabajo para transformar realidades adversas (fácticas y legales) de las personas y grupos históricamente excluidos y discriminados. Para esto uso como herramienta principal el derecho, la estrategia legal y la investigación; además, procuro enlazar lo jurídico con estratégicas no jurídicas para abordar desde diferentes perspectivas y disciplinas un caso concreto. En los proyectos que formulo y emprendo con la organización a la que actualmente pertenezco: PARCES ONG, Colombia, busco que: 1. Las personas de las poblaciones con las que trabajamos se involucren en los proyectos; 2. Se comparta el conocimiento y 3. Se estimule la creatividad en acciones legales. Creo en la grandeza del trabajo en equipo, en lo brillante de las mentes, en el intercambio de saberes y conocimientos y en la construcción colectiva de estrategias.
Alejandro Lanz is the network champion (main point of contact) for Pares en Acción-Reacción Contra la Exclusión Social – PARCES ONG..

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