2007 Oak Fellow Nancy Sanchez

Nancy Sanchez, the 2007 Oak Fellow at Colby College, has been involved for nearly two decades in human rights work in Putumayo, Colombia, one of the most conflictive areas of Colombia, torn between several fronts of the guerilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and paramilitary forces.

She works tirelessly to document and denounce political violence, and for the development of autonomous community. She also collaborates with local civic and peace initiatives and organizations, and supports the networks of women, indigenous people and Afro-Colombians.

Amnesty International has recognized Nancy’s work. She is also a recipient of the Letellier-Moffitt Human Rights Award from the Institute for Policy Studies in recognition of the critical role her work has played not only in Colombia but also in U.S. policy debates.

For background information on Columbia and Putamaya see: www.colby.edu/academics_cs/goldfarb/oak/columbiaprofile.cfm