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Sofia Valiente: Miracle Village

Sofia Valiente (USA): Miracle Village
Inge Morath Award Finalist, 2015

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In South Florida, off the coast of Lake Okeechobee, lies a community called Miracle Village. It is home to over 150 sex offenders. The village was founded five years ago by a Christian ministry that seeks to help individuals that have no place to go when they leave prison. The residency restrictions in Florida make it so that sex offenders must live a minimum of 2,500 feet from any school, bus stop, or place where children congregate.

In reality, this is a very difficult restriction to abide by. Before coming to the village many of Miracle Village’s residents were homeless. The village is connected to the small town of Pahokee (population 8,000) and is 40 miles from the medium populated towns of Palm Beach County. The rectangular compound, made up of 52 off-white duplexes on six streets and two roads, is surrounded by sugarcane and cornfields. Continue reading Sofia Valiente: Miracle Village

Danielle Villasana: A Light Inside

Danielle Villasana (USA): A Light Inside
Inge Morath Award Recipient, 2015

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In Peru, a country with a highly machismo, conservative, religious and transphobic culture, transgender women are extremely marginalized and discriminated against in society. Persecution begins early, causing them to abandon their studies and families. With few options or support, many practice sex work where they live in compromised conditions throughout their lives with limited opportunities for social security, higher education or employment outside the streets. With few avenues for upward mobility, they are sequestered in hostile environments characterized by rejection, fear and exploitation.

As sex workers with no legal protections, they are at greater risk of violence and sexual and substance abuse, and are less able to protect their health. In fact, eighty percent of trans homicides worldwide occur in Latin America. Without legal protections or recognition, many cases of violence and death in Peru go undocumented, leaving these human rights violations invisible. Continue reading Danielle Villasana: A Light Inside