This project depicts the environments and dangers that homeless and runaway children face in Mexico and Central America.
Throughout the region thousands of neglected children wander the streets tangled in drugs and homelessness. They are runaways from dysfunctional families, neglect, poverty and abuse. As a means of survival, they work in the city’s main garbage dumps, collecting recyclables or metal scraps worth pennies. They exhaust their bodies and their minds, while also sacrificing their right to an education. They sleep on sidewalks with each other or hidden in drainpipes. They roam the streets barefoot and survive by begging, stealing, and performing menial labor. Often coerced and manipulated, many are sexually exploited and trafficked or prey to gangs. Many youths live with HIV or STDs with no access to healthcare.
As a response to this social crisis, I documented the programs that Casa Alianza provide in shelter, services, rehabilitation, protection and educational services for the youth.
Casa Alianza is an international NGO dedicated to the rehabilitation and defense of street children in Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Guatemala.
This body of work was produced in partnership with Casa Alianza (Covenant House) street outreach workers, other staff and the youth who agreed to voice their struggles and to communicate messages to their peers.
Covenant House International has sole rights to this photography and uses it to raise awareness and funds, in exhibition and reports.
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