El Salvador


Inside a Court Room Specialized in Justice for Gender Violence

In El Salvador, one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women and girls, specially trained judges make sure 'machismo' culture doesn't lead to impunity for abusers and murderers.
Anna-Cat Brigida
reproductive rights

Court to Decide If Woman Imprisoned After Stillbirth Will Go Free

On Wednesday, a court will hear the case of Teodora Vásquez, who has spent the last 10 years in a Salvadorian prison after being convicted of self-inducing an abortion, will have to finish out the remainder of her 30-year sentence.
Kimberly Lawson
reproductive rights

Teen Rape Victim Sentenced to 30 Years for Stillbirth in El Salvador

After being raped by a gang member, Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz experienced a stillbirth. This week, she was convicted of homicide on the grounds that she had failed to get proper antenatal care.
Kimberly Lawson

Why Women Around the World Face Jail Time for Miscarrying

In Argentina, a woman was sentenced to eight years in prison after having a miscarriage when police accused her of self-inducing an abortion—and her case is far from unique.
Carla McKirdy
domestic violence

El Salvador's Invisible Victims of Domestic Violence

El Salvador is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. But much of public discourse focuses on gang violence, ignoring the high rates of femicide and intimate partner abuse women in the country face.
Anna-Cat Brigida

Woman Imprisoned for Having a Miscarriage as a Teen Now Begging for Action

We talked to Cristina Quintanilla, a Salvadoran woman who was imprisoned for having a miscarriage, about why the country needs to change its draconian abortion ban.
Lindsay Schrupp

​When Having a Miscarriage Can Get You Life in Prison

Under El Salvador's draconian abortion law, women can be arrested for miscarrying. 55 members of Congress are calling on John Kerry to address this human rights violation.
Lindsay Schrupp