Hernando Toro Parra was appointed by the Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado, as the new director of the Special Investigation Unit for the Dismantling of Criminal Organizations (Unidad Especial de Investigación UEI), for a period of 4 years after being nominated by the magistrates of the Peace Court of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), in accordance with Decree 587 of April 5, 2017.  

He earned a law degree from Universidad San Buenaventura in Cali, and a postgraduate degree in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law from Universidad de Sevilla (Spain). He has experience in Public Policies, Management, and Implementation of International Cooperation and Development Projects, as well as experience in State entities and communities. He also has extensive knowledge of national security and defense. 

Before his appointment, he worked as an advisor to the UEI of the Attorney General’s Office where he worked with communities, social organizations, and human rights defenders to assess contexts and criminal dynamics that affect them in the territories. Likewise, he supported the promotion and follow-up of investigations into human rights defenders, social leaders, and people in the process of reincorporation. 

 He has more than 26 years of experience in the public sector, in institutions such as Ministerio del Interior, the Ombudsman’s Office, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia, and the Colombian Red Cross.