WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
25 Jan 2018 | Video

The Stories of Women in Prison for Drug Related Crimes

This series of short films about women imprisoned for drug offenses in Mexico documents the human cost of current drug policies and the specific conditions by which these laws disproportionately impact women and their families. Most of these women live in poverty, have few economic opportunities, low levels of education, and are single mothers. They are primarily convicted for possessing, selling or transporting small amounts of drugs. They do not occupy positions of power within the drug trade and have not committed violent crimes, yet across the region the number of women incarcerated for drug offenses is increasing at an alarming rate.

These short films were produced by WOLA and EQUIS Justicia para las Mujeres, in collaboration with -Scopio.