Día de Visita


The first time I entered the juvenile prison in Mexico City I sat in on a guitar class, a local muscician gave volunteer leasons at the prison. Ten boys were practicing songs they had written themselves, and the lyrics were haunting…

Saturday and Sunday
Families hurry to see their kids
Trying to have a good time.
Even though it is just a short while
To be together even though they are locked up.
Because it’s the law.

“Día de Vistia” or Visiting Day, documents family life for teenagers locked up in pre-trial detention in Mexico. Satudays and Sundays parents can freely visit their children who have been arrested. Many also visit during the week if they can but some kids don’t receive any visitors because their parents can’t make the trip into the city, they don’t have any parents, or their parents don’t know they are locked up.

For two weekends in September, we interviewed 25 kids and their families and took over 400 images. Some of their stories are told on our Stories Page.


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