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Colombia operates a compensation program for civilian Colombian citizens who, as a result of any terrorist act, guerrilla attack, combat, or massacre, are personally injured or suffer economic or property losses. Colombia does not currently have a compensation program for victims of other violent or personal crime.

Eligibility Requirements

Report to police. Yes, within 1 year of the incident.

Filing period. Within 1 year of the incident.

Foreign citizen eligibility. Citizens of foreign countries are not eligible to apply for compensation.


Victims of a terrorist act, guerrilla attack, combat, or massacre
Dependents of victims of a terrorist act, guerrilla attack, combat, or massacre


To receive compensation, the victim must obtain a certification from a competent authority stating the reason the applicant believes she or he is a victim of terrorist violence. Application forms and assistance in applying are available from the nearest Territorial Unit of the Social Solidarity Network (Red de Solidaridad Social).

Benefits and Award Limits

Compensation is awarded on a case-specific basis.

Compensable costs

Medical expenses
Rehabilitation and transportation expenses
Replacement or repair of lost or damaged property
Funeral expenses
Family housing allowance

Emergency awards. Emergency or expedited claims are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Funding sources. Information not available.

Contact Information

Red de Solidaridad Social, Carrera 7, No. 6-54, Piso 2.4, Linea Gratuita 9800117733
Telephone: 596–0800
Fax: None
Internet: None

Languages used—
• On application forms: Spanish
• In correspondence: Spanish
• By telephone: Spanish

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