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- International Chapters: these are made up of organizations and victims exiled as a result of their work as human rights leaders. The following chapters exist at the moment:

Regional Chapters made up of victims, organizations that accompany victims, and organized communities in different regions of Colombia. These chapters, which organize with work plans and regional coordinators, carry out actions to fight impunity on a regional level.

Chapters are founded when a regional Victims' Encounter is held, where victimas discuss the need to build a MOVICE chapter and develop a work plan and internal guidelines.

The National Impulse Committee is then informed, by sending a charter of incorporation. Currently (2012) there are 22 chapters with their own internal guidelines, some of which meet weekly, others monthly, and each with its own organizational dynamics.

• Atlántico
• Bolívar
• Sucre
• Norte de Santander
• Santander
• Magdalena Medio
• Sur de Bolívar
• Sur del Cesar
• Antioquia
• Chocó
• Boyacá-Casanare
• Cundinamarca
• Meta
• Caldas
• Risaralda
• Cauca
• Tolima
• Huila
• Arauca
• Caquetá
• Valle
• Nariño

National Impulse Committee

To be part of the National Impulse Committee, the procedure is the following:

•    A letter is sent to the National Impulse Committee, which decides on new members.
•    In the National Impulse Committee, the request is analyzed and a decision made by consensus.
Delegates from the following organizations make up the Impulse Committee:

Comité Permanente por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (Permanent Committee for the Defense of Human Rights)


Corporación Yira Castro (Yira Castro Legal Corporation )


Asonal Judicial (National Association of Judicial Officials and Employees)


Corporación AVRE


Corporación SEMBRAR


Asociación Nacional de Ayuda Solidaria -ANDAS- (National Association for Solidarity Assistance)


Comisión Intereclesial Justicia y Paz (Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace)


Unión Patriótica - UP (Patriotic Union Party)

Partido Comunista de Colombia – PCC (Communist Party of Colombia)


Fundación Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos – FCSPP (Committee in Solidarity with Political Prisoners)


Fundación Manuel Cepeda Vargas - FMCV


Partido Socialista de los Trabajadores – PST (Socialist Workers' Party)

Corporación Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo -CCAJAR- (José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective)


Fedeagromisbol (Southern Bolivar Agricultural-Mining Federation)


Coordinación Nacional de Desplazados (National Displaced Persons' Coalition)

Asociación Colombiana de Estudiantes Universitarios – ACEU (Colombian Association of University Students)


FENSUAGRO (United National Agricultural Workers Union Federation)


Sindicato de trabajadores de la universidad nacional de Colombia – SINTRAUNICOL- (National University of Colombia Workers' Union)


Sindicato de Trabajadores Independientes del Meta SINTRAGRIM (Meta Independent Agricultural Workers' Union)

Acción Humanitaria por la Convivencia y la Paz del Nordeste Antioqueño CAHUCOPANA (Humanitarian Action for Co-Existence and Peace in Northeastern Antioquia)


Central Unitaria de Trabajadores CUT (United Workers' Labor Federation)


Asociación de Profesores Universitarios – ASPU (Association of University Professors)


Corporación Claretiana Norman Pérez Bello ( Norman Pérez Bello Claretian Corporation)


Corporación Jurídica libertad (Freedom Legal Corporation)


Hijos e Hijas por la Identidad y la Justicia contra el Olvido y el Silencio (Sons and Daughters for Identity and Justice against Forgetting and Silence)

Hijos e Hijas por la Memoria y contra la Impunidad (Sons and Daughters for Memory and against Impunity)

Delegates of regional chapters in Bogota at the time.

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Organizational Structure

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As of 2012, MOVICE's organizational structure is made up of:

- A National Encounter, with attendance from 10 to 20 delegates from each regional chapter. This event is held every two years to establish the Movement's ethical and political commitments.

- An Expanded Impulse Committee in which two representatives from each regional chapter and representatives from the National Impulse Committee meet. This committee meets twice a year to assess past efforts and develop each year's work plans.

- A National Impulse Committee based in Bogota, with participation from 24 organizations, most of which are present in several regions of the country. This Committee meets twice a month to follow up on MOVICE's political actions on issues involving human rights and victims.

 An Operating Committee: The organizations that make up the Operating Committee either are organizations that administer MOVICE's funds or are designated by the Impulse Committee to monitor the budget and the implementation of grants. Currently, the following organizations make up the Operating Committee:

• Fundación Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos (Committee in Solidarity with Political Prisoners)
• Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo-CCAJAR /José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective)
• Comité Permanente por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (Permanent Committee for the Defense of Human Rights )
• Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz (Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace)
• Asociación Nacional de Ayudas Solidaria (National Association for Solidarity Assistance)

 The Operating Committee meets once a month or as needed to submit reports or make operational decisions on grants.

 A National Technical Team made up of professionals, assistants, and volunteers, in charge of technical support actions to ensure the implementation of MOVICE's activities. The specific work areas in the National Technical Team are as follows:

National Coordinator


As a national social movement, the political decisions guiding MOVICE's work are made through discussion and consensus-based decision-making bodies.

1.    National Encounter. Each year, victims from across the country meet to carry out a political event to highlight the positions of victims of State crimes on the situation of impunity facing the country. This Encounter produces a public statement as a result of the different working groups.

2.    Expanded National Impulse Committee. Every six months, delegates from each regional chapter and members of the National Impulse Committee meet to assess past efforts and plan activities in the fight against impunity laid out in MOVICE's five-year plan. In this meeting, working groups discuss and concrete tasks are assigned to be carried out over the following six months. The Technical Team then follows up on these actions.

3.    National Impulse Committee. In these meetings, decisions are made on the representation of MOVICE in meetings with State institutions, institutional coordinating bodies, and social organizations; as well as the positions that MOVICE will take in these meetings. The National Impulse Committee also designs concrete actions to face the context of impunity.

Decisions are made by consensus in these meetings by the organizations making up the committee.

When important political decisions must be made, the following procedure is followed:

a)     The National Impulse Committee evaluates the need for a national consultation in order to come to a decision.
b)     The National Coordinator sends a message with information about the situation and requesting that the chapters meet to discuss and send their position in written form.
c)     The Regional Chapters meet and inform the National Coordinator of their position.
d)     The National Impulse Committee meets and considers the Regional Chapter's positions in order to reach consensus on the decision.

If the discussion can not be sent in written form by email and its implications are crucial for MOVICE, a special national meeting is held to define MOVICE's position. Decisions are again made by consensus, although in special cases voting is used.

4.    For funding and grant issues, the Regional Chapters are consulted as much as possible. However, if grant deadlines make this impossible, the regional plans and five-year plans are followed, taking into account the (budget, geographic, and focus) limitations imposed by the funding agencies. Grants are always discussed by the Operating Committee and must be approved by this body.

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