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Laura Henao - Colombia

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Laura Henao is a researcher and peacebuilding practitioner performing as a project officer at USIP (United States Institute of Peace), as part of the Citizen Security Dialogue project. She holds a B.A and M.A in Economics and a Masters degree in Sociology, and is a specialist in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. Her research experience includes the Colombian armed conflict, peacebuilding monitoring, and dialogue, negotiation, and mediation processes.

She previously worked as the head and founder of the mediation team at CINEP (Center for Research and Popular Education) designing strategies for negotiation and dialogue processes regarding land or mining conflicts, environmental decay, or the collective reparation of victims of the armed conflict between multiple stakeholders (civil society, State institutions, enterprises). Her most recent work focuses on the implementation of dialogue processes between communities and justice and security actors (police, local prosecutors, etc.).