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Dressmaker works with prisoners to bring exclusive collection to New York Fashion Week

Costa Rican fashion designer Karina Díaz will present next month, at New York Fashion Week 2019, her collection that will have a very special mark: it will be full with the effort of a group of inmates of the Centro de Atención Institucional (CAI)...

Woman who killed her baby: “I’m so tired that I told a policeman to shoot to kill me”

Grettel Hernández Quesada, 40 years old, is serving out a 20-year sentence at the Vilma Curling (Buen Pastor) prison, in San Rafael Arriba de Desamparados, for killing her 18-day-old baby girl. She claims that she is paying a double sentence because in addition to the...

In the La Modelo prison “there is a fury, especially against female visitors”

Dr. Carla Sequeira, director of the area of complaints area of the Permanent Commission of Human Rights, has received a series of complaints about overreaching imposed by the staff of the La Modelo prison against family members who come to see imprisoned protesters. Relatives visiting...

Nicaragua: Mother of Lucia Pineda: “This is a nightmare”

Lucía Ubau Hernández, the mother of the imprisoned journalist Lucía Pineda Ubau, described as a “nightmare” the situation of her daughter, whom she was finally able to see on Sunday at La Esperanza women’s prison. Lucia Ubau Hernandez accompanying to see her daugther in prison “I...

Costa Rica: Could drug-law reform for women open door to wider change?

San José, Costa Rica—When Sandra was arrested for smuggling drugs into a men’s prison in 2015, she accepted it as part of the familiar cycle of her life. She’d been in and out of detention since she was 14, when she moved on to...

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