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Brother Mariano Jose Guerra is the President of the Antioquia section of the Colombian trade union federation, FENALTRASE (National Federation of Public Sector Workers), a member of the national executive of FENALTRASE and the past president of ASONAL, the judicial workers’ union. Brother Guerra is a human rights lawyer who is trained in mediation and conflict resolution as well as domestic violence and family law.

Brother Guerra has worked as a public prosecutor and is currently working as a lawyer for victims of violence, including people affected by landmines, forced displacement and extrajudicial assassinations. Brother Guerra has represented Colombian civil society at international meetings of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines for the past several years. He is an active member and former candidate of the Alternative Democratic Pole, a coalition of opposition parties.

For his work in the labour movement and as a prosecutor of paramilitary and military cases, Brother Guerra has received numerous death threats and lives with security measures to protect his life.

FENALTRASE is a federation of state workers that includes over 80 per cent of the state unions in Colombia with a membership of 150,000. It includes national, provincial and municipal organizations with workers from health, justice, public service, ministerial, transportation, agrarian, education, and national registry sectors. FENALTRASE Antioquia is the provincial-level organization of the union.