Plan Colombia

"Plan Colombia" is a multi-pronged, multi-billion dollar effort to battle drug trafficking organizations (DTOs), insurgencies and paramilitary groups in the Andean nation. Passed in 2000 at the tail end of the Clinton administration, the plan enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington and helped initiate and sustain widespread systemic changes in Colombia that have helped the country dismantle several large criminal groups including the North Valley Cartel (Cartel del Norte del Valle - NVC), the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia - AUC) paramilitary group and the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional - ELN) insurgency.