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Women, drug policies and incarceration: a guide for the reform of policies in Latin America and the Caribbean

The use of the prison system as a response to drug problems has disproportionately affected women. In Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica, more than 60% of the women in female prisons are imprisoned due to drugs. Many of them are poorly educated, live in conditions of poverty and are responsible for the care of dependant individuals - children, young people, the elderly and those with disabilities.

In this sense, the guide, produced by WOLA and the Inter American Comission for Women amongst others, provides an insight into the issues faced by NNAPES on page 35, where it additionally cites Invisible No More and mentions the beneficial actions taken by organisations that are part of the Platform.

Next Steps Towards a Human Rights Penitentiary System in Uruguay. Reflections on the implementation of the 2009 and 2013 Recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture!

The nearly 300 page volume features essays by more than 20 Uruguayan legal and human rights experts, academics, and policy-makers representing a broad range of perspectives and experiences. The essays reflect on the progress and challenges facing Uruguay’s system of deprivation of liberty with a view to the prevention of torture and ill-treatment in the context of detention.

On page 133, titled there is a contribution named “Children and youth of incarcerated parents: an invisible phenomenon” written by Gonzalo Salles, Director of Gurises Unidos.

Violence, Children and Organized Crime

The Inter American Commission of human rights published this report where they make reference to the issue of children with incarcerated parents and cite our study, Invisible No More (pg 205). Based on this report the IACHR also launched this multimedia site where the key areas and findings of the report are portrayed.