Mexico’s drug war is more than an armed conflict. It is a humanitarian crisis that has changed the lives of tens of thousands of innocent people. “Innocence Assassinated” focuses on the living victims of the war: orphans, widows, female inmates and young people growing up in neighborhoods inundated by drug gang violence, and explores the culture of violence against women, misogyny and systemic poverty that has entrenched the drug war into the fabric of Mexican society.
The feminization of the drug war is an important facet of this emergency. Women have been widowed at alarming rates, left to fend for themselves in a shattered economy. Some are easily lured into criminal activity such as drug trafficking and kidnapping, at times the only financial options available to support their children and elderly parents. Since 2006 there has been a 400 percent increase in the number of women imprisoned for federal crimes in Mexico. In addition, there are countless children that have been orphaned and scarred by a childhood engulfed with violence and insecurity.