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Transforming Lives

Patricia went from violence victim to empowered businesswoman.

Patricia* arrived at the Women’s Justice Center in Torreon, located in Mexico’s state of Coahuila, in March 2015. She had fled a situation where her partner had become violent toward her and her family. The center helped Patricia with her divorce, and found her legal counsel and a support group. At the same time, she attended vocational education classes in jewelry making and baking.

At-risk youth in Monterrey become role models in their communities, using rap music as an outlet.

Edgar Otero, 26, lives in Monterrey, Mexico, and his young life has been impacted by growing up in a violent home and in neighborhoods with high levels of crime and violence. He laments that he suffered physical and mental abuse from his father, who also abused his mother.

120 youth supported by the USAID Global Development Alliance “Jóvenes con Rumbo” program.

Mexican youth are finding new ways to overcome the violence, crime and unemployment in their communities. As they turn toward training and educational opportunities, they are turning away from the limitations of their circumstances.

Improving youth skills in Mexico
When financially hard times fell on his family of 10, Cristian Alonso Chávez, from Mexico's Francisco I. Madero neighborhood in  Ciudad Juarez, had to leave school to look for work, discontinuing his education after middle school.
Through the “train-the-trainer” courses, both the judges and the justice system will be benefited greatly.
On a sunny day in December 2012, Judge Ana María Elías-González walked into a Baja California state courtroom to give the final reading of a 35-year prison sentence she handed to a man a few days previously for the murder of his girlfriend.


Last updated: October 27, 2016

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