Oak Institute For the Study of International Human Rights

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, established in 1998, annually brings to campus a prominent human rights practitioner. While in residence the Oak Human Rights Fellow teaches, pursues research, and works with the faculty to organize lectures and other events centered around his or her area of expertise. The 2007 Oak Human Rights Fellow is Nancy Sanchez of Colombia, who will be in residence for the fall semester. Sanchez has worked for nearly two decades to address human rights issues and abuses in Putumayo, a conflict-ridden region torn between Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas and paramilitary forces. She works tirelessly to document and denounce political violence, and she supports development of autonomous communities, civic and peace initiatives and organizations, and efforts of women, indigenous people, and Afro-Colombians to create new networks. Sanchez has been recognized by Amnesty International and received the Letellier-Moffitt Human Rights Award from the Institute for Policy Studies in recognition of the critical role her work has played in Colombia and in policy debates in the United States.