On a sunny afternoon in 2012, Ileana Araceli Hernandez, deputy attorney general for Mexico's state of Oaxaca, was busy studying the documents spread over a large table in her office. But this was not her usual bundle of legal papers: They were large-scale architectural drawings mapping out the state’s first Women’s Justice Center.
Mexicali police and prosecutors felt they had reason to be proud when they brought Pedro Ramos before a judge on suspicion of armed robbery and rape. They knew they had pulled off a meticulous operation with exceptional speed and efficiency. "This arrest was possible because of very tight collaboration between municipal police, investigative police and prosecutors," said María Coronado, a prosecutor at the Sexual Crimes Unit in Mexicali. "It was made possible by changes in the system."
María and Juan Pablo* never imagined they would meet face-to-face and reconcile their past. They never dreamed they would find peace after tragedy.
Last updated: September 22, 2014