Sara Quiñonez and Tulia Maris Valencia, Afro-Colombian human rights defenders, were arrested based on unfounded charges and forced into prison for over a year.
While they are now free, their story shines a light on repression that aims to silence Black women and girl organizers.
Afro-Colombian women experience high rates of discrimination, displacement and human rights abuses. For their activism, many face retaliation and criminalization. With Proceso de Comunidades Negras, MADRE helped to publish a book spotlighting the stories of Afro-Colombian organizers.