Maria Teresa Rivera of El Salvador says, “I understand that many women didn’t want to tell others why they were there because they were treated so badly. They called us ‘baby eaters’ and more, and sometimes hit us or threatened us. But I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong, and I spoke up."
Rivera experienced an unattended birth in the latrine at her home, and the fetus died. She was convicted of aggravated homicide, even though the evidence showed that the death was a tragic but natural occurrence, and not due to any action on her part. The judge sentenced her to 40 years in prison—the longest sentence handed down to any Salvadoran woman under this law.
by: Kathy Bouger, Rewire
“It feels bad,” explained Victoria, a child told to leave school this academic year because she does not have documents. “I am young and want to study for the future – and I can’t.”
Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute
Andrew Schoenholtz, Lisl Brunner, Rosa Celorio, Ian Kysel