The U.S. Office on Colombia (USOC) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that educates U.S. policymakers and other critical decision makers on the impact of their policies and actions on the daily life of Colombian people and advocates for positive changes in these policies. USOC also mobilizes U.S. policymakers, civil society and the media to promote human rights, sustainable peace, equality and dignity for all Colombians. USOC works closely with our Colombian partners, striving to ensure their voices are heard by decision makers and civil society.
USOC envisions a time in Colombia when human rights are respected and upheld, all people live in dignity and there is a sustainable peace. Furthermore, U.S. foreign policy towards Colombia consistently promotes and upholds these goals.
The U.S. Office on Colombia (USOC) was established in 1998 (originally under the name US/Colombia Coordinating Office) in response to the continuing human rights crisis in Colombia and the desire by many Colombian civil society groups to have an organization in Washington that could assist and represent them in their efforts to educate U.S. decision makers about the impact of U.S. policy on the region.
USOC seeks to promote peace, democracy, and human rights and international humanitarian law in Colombia by providing detailed, informed analysis to assist in the development of alternative policy solutions. To this end it maintains relations with the U.S. administration, Congress, Colombian authorities and EU governments and encourages each to examine these questions from new perspectives. Through advocacy and education with the media and public it aims to broaden knowledge, understanding and debate of such key issues. In particular it seeks to support initiatives from Colombian civil society, whose voice is so often marginalized in a society polarized by conflict.
USOC is an independent non-profit organization that is not affiliated with any political party.