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Ruby Castaño

HRD, Leader

Ruby Castaño is an organizer and leader of SINTAGRIM, an agricultural workers collective. She works for the rights of campesinos in her department of Meta.  Her colleagues in SINTAGRIM have been murdered, and Ruby is regularly named in threats issued by paramilitaries.


HRDs at risk in Colombia come from a broad range of different backgrounds, including: trade unionists, indigenous leaders, afro-colombian leaders, activists working with internally displaced persons and on land issues, women's rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, students and youth activists, church workers, LGBTI and HIV activists.