Women imprisoned with their children
Argentina is one of the few
countries where an accused or prosecuted women has the right
to be with their child in prison until he or she is two
years old. Then she loses her parental authority over the
child and the judge in charge decides his or her destiny.
Sometimes when the time is a short one, until the end of the
sentence, the child may remain with the mother until she
recovers her freedom. But, if the sentence is a long one,
and there is no close relative to take charge of the child,
he or she is temporarily adopted by another family or sent
to an orphanage.
Adriana Lestido lives and works in Buenos Aires,