The 17-year-old girl's voice quivered as she testified before three
judges about her discovery of a women's body in the house she
cleaned. She was terrified that someone would try to kill her or
her family for speaking up.
Knowing what she did about Guatemala, Silvia Diaz was
frightened as well as she watched the court proceeding. She
knew women face grave dangers in a country where they are
routinely abducted, murdered, and imprisoned without much
chance for due process or protection.
While in Guatemala for six weeks, Silvia visited prisons and
monitored human rights violations against women for El Instituto
de Estudioa Comparados en Ciencas, an organization that
pressures Latin American governments to reform their criminal
justice systems and observe human rights.