WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
9 Jul 2010 | Video

Drugs and Prisons in Argentina

Martha Ines Miravete was a stage actress in Buenos Aires. She recalls how, in 1994, a man changed her life by inviting her to participate in a video project in Brazil. She was excited at the opportunity for new work and the chance to travel for the first time. But, she was stopped at the airport, the luggage was searched, and cocaine was found. 
She was sentenced to 6 years in prison and considered the architect of the crime. “The legal system is giving me the same sentence as a trafficker,” she remembers thinking. She is still haunted by memories of her imprisonment – the terrible prison conditions and the suffering of her fellow inmates.
Upon her release, Martha Ines Miravete founded a non-profit organization working for the rights of the prison population in Argentina. This video tells her story and the story of her commitment to change prison policies and help prisoners reintegrate into society. 
Direction: Kristel Mucino
Interview and Research: Alejandro Corda
Editor and Material Coordinator: Juan Luis Velazquez
Camera: Jorge Gil
Special thanks to Martha Ines Miravete