In 2008, young men from Soacha, an impoverished suburb of Bogotá, were lured away by members of the Colombian Army with the promise of employment. Instead, they were executed and reported as enemy combatants killed in combat, in order to boost kill counts. In some cases, soldiers responsible for the 'false positive' killings received rewards or promotions.
In late 2008, the head of the army was forced to resign and 27 army officers, including three generals, were dismissed. The Office of the Attorney General is investigating some 2,000 extrajudicial executions reportedly committed by members of the security forces.
Madres de Soacha is comprised of the families of victims of extrajudicial killings. They continue their fight for justice and the long process of healing.
Photographed in 2011 in Soacha and Bucaramanga, Colombia, while on assignment for Peace Brigades International.