In the fall of 2007 the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College welcomed 2007 Oak Fellow Nancy Sanchez of Colombia.

Nancy has been involved for nearly two decades in human rights work in Putumayo, 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.

Nancy’s work has been recognized by Amnesty International; 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 in U.S. policy debates.