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DPLF was founded in 1996 by Professor Thomas Buergenthal and his colleagues from the United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador, who were convinced that human rights could only be guaranteed by strong and independent national judicial systems. Because of this realization, they created DPLF, an organization dedicated to the promotion of the rule of law and human rights in the Americas’.
DPLF is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, nongovernmental organization based in Washington, D.C., working to strengthen the rule of law and promote respect for human rights in Latin America through applied research, strategic alliances with actors in the region, advocacy activities and the effective communication of our message.
DPLF envisions a Latin America where civil society participates fully in the consolidation of the rule of law -  through the use of national and international legal instruments - and where judicial institutions are independent, transparent, accessible, and able to fulfill their role in strengthening democracy. 
DPLF values and takes into account the different perspectives of the people who interact directly and indirectly with the organization. 
The goal of our work is to achieve full respect for the rule of law and human rights,as enshrined in international norms and standards. We work passionately to achieve our goals and implement our strategies
We evaluate situations by looking for opportunities for improvement. We make constructive and realistic suggestions about how to address challenges in order to achieve better results. 
Our work is meticulous and precise; our research, publications, and declarations are reasoned and well-founded. 
DPLF views situations from a perspective of opportunity.  We make constructive and realistic suggestions about how to carry out goals and achieve results.  
DPLF optimizes its human and financial resources. We have the capacity to adapt to changing contexts and to make decisions with agility.  

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Manuals & Guidelines
July 2018

Publicado originalmente en el 2009, esta versión actualizada del Manual busca ofrecer a las personas y pueblos indígenas y a las organizaciones que los representan, información y herramientas que puedan contribuir a la defensa de sus derechos.

Journal Articles & Books
August 2016

INTRODUÇÃO Apesar do importante avanço registrado em matéria de proteção dos direitos dos povos indígenas no cenário internacional, muitas organizações, povos e pessoas indígenas desconhecem os instrumentos internacionais que protegem seus direitos, assim como os mecanismos existentes para os fazer cumprir.

Reports & Research
December 2013
Latin America and the Caribbean

La obra jurídica elaborada por María Clara Galvis Patiño y Ángela María Ramírez Rincón sistematiza y analiza decisiones judiciales de altas cortes de nueve países de América Latina: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá y Perú.

International Conventions or Treaties
National Policies
August 2011

El Instituto de Defensa Legal, la Fundación para el Debido Proceso Legal, la Clínica de Derechos Humanos de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Seattle, en colaboración con el Centro Amazónico de Antropología y Aplicación Práctica (CAAP), la Asociación Paz y Esperanza, la Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH), Derecho Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), la Asociación Servicios en C

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