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Seeking justice for Colombia’s disappeared

There has been little justice or accountability for the tens of thousands of forced disappearances in Colombia or for their families. ASFADDES, the Association for Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared, is a leading organization working to end the impunity surrounding kidnappings and murders of civilians in Colombia by paramilitaries and government security forces. We spoke with Javier Barrera Santa, a coordinator at the Medellín branch of ASFADDES. His brother was disappeared years ago and his remains were eventually found in a mass grave. Barrera was in Chicago to draw attention to victims, their families and his belief that U.S. military aid to Colombia helps enable these tragedies. (photo: People demonstrate during a protest organized by activists and relatives of people allegedly disappeared by rebels, in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara))

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