019 BANISHED VETERANS – PART 1

A story of military vets barred from the country they served.

At age seven, Hector Barajas crossed the Mexico border into United States as an illegal citizen. His family soon settled in Compton, California, where Hector encountered crime, gang violence, and racial division. Hector escaped the lifestyle by joining the United States Army as a non-citizen, becoming a medic for the 82nd Airborne Division. But personal problems soon led him to honorable discharge, prison, and deportation back to Mexico. In the first episode of this two-part series, Hector chronicles the humanity of being banished, and how he seeks to return to the country he once swore to protect.

Select photos by Clarke Tolton

Music by Sontag Shogun

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In Colombia, Rosio Gomez marries into an empire of wealth and power. She is told the family operates a low-profile import/export business, and finds comfort in her role as wife and mother. However, she soon learns the family business is not what it seems to be as Rosio becomes entangled with drugs, money, and mafia.

This story is true. The events took place in Colombia and the United States throughout the 1980s and 90s. Due to sensitive subject matter, identities have been kept secret for safety. But for the sake of story, every thing else is authentic.