Panama: fighting for my life
The story of Yonta’s daily life in a Panamanian prison for women
Yonta J. is from the United States and in 2015 she was arrested at the Panama City airport. At the time, she had no clue she would end up spending three years incarcerated in a women’s rehabilitation center (Centro Femenino de Rehabilitación, CEFERE). She describes her detention as a fight for survival, facing discrimination and having difficulties with language, robberies, skin problems and harsh living conditions.
After having endured many hardships, she seeks to shed light on detention conditions for women through her own experiences.