I am passionate aboutMy name is Sebastian Lanz. I am the co-founder of Temblores NGO, where I am
responsible of directing the Transitional and Post-conflict Observatory.
Temblores NGO is a non-profit community-based organization that works
promoting human rights for LGBTIQ people, sex workers, transgender victims of
the Colombian Armed Conflict, victims of sexual exploitation within the
Colombian Armed Conflict, imprisoned people of colour, drug users who live in
the streets, among many other street-connected and marginalized communities.
My work at the Transitional and Post-Conflict Observatory is deeply rooted in
promoting social and legal strategies to ensure the right to the city to the
people who have been victims of forced displacement during the armed
conflict. I am currently leading a community-based project called The
Demilitarisation of our Daily Lives (La Desmilitarización de la Vida Diaria,
in Spanish) that aims to combat human rights related violations while
promoting (in both academic and community scales) peace building strategies
for reconciliation between dis-armed groups and the victims of the age of
violence that Colombia faced for more than 50 years.
I have been long active in coordinating partipatory action-research projects
and advocacy strategies to protect and empower victims of the Colombian Armed
Conflict in their access to social and economic justice, as well as basic
human rights. Within that framework, I would like to enhance the strategic
litigation process I conducted to guarantee 50 women who were victims of the
Colombian Armed Conflict could access to justice and be repaired by the
Colombian Government, as well as the community-based project I conducted to
promote harm reduction social strategies for drug users who live in the
streets of Bogotá.
ActionsI have been working for a number of years promoting human rights for sex
workers, victims of the Colombian Armed Conflict, drug users and
Before founding Temblores, I worked together at PARCES NGO for several years
leading the Participatory Training for Trainers Centre to create spaces of
self-empowerment to propel other young people from poverty backgrounds toward
social-justice oriented research careers. My work at PARCES depended on the
constant search for opportunities to generate capacity in young participatory
researchers, both in University-based and community-based spaces.
During the past five years I have worked fighting against social injustices,
discrimination, social exclusion and human rights violations alongside the
communities mentioned above. I define my work as strategic and critical
activism for social justice and myself as an LGBTIQ peace builder activist:
my approach triangulates the production of critic academic evidence, a
multidisciplinary framework that allows me to combine artistic, legal and
social strategies to catalyse top-down social transformations and the
understanding of the need to employ an intersectional method propel social
change with the communities I work with. Moreover, at Temblores NGO we
constantly promote a unique approach to collective leadership because we
encourage horizontal alliances between academia, communities, other action
organisations and policy makers.