Ana Maria Arevalo Gosen
Ana Maria Arevalo Gosen
Ana Maria Arevalo Gosen
Ana Maria Arevalo Gosen

In Venezuela the criminal justice system does not work equally for everybody. It takes away the rights of the poorest, and most vulnerable members of the society. Thousands of women, most awaiting trial and presumed innocent, are expected to be held for 45 days, but Venezuela’s crisis has rendered this notion a memory.

Pre-trial detention is particularly brutal. Jails are dark, hot, overcrowded, and claustrophobic. Prisoners have no food, water, or medical attention. Some suffer from psychological disorders, and many are affected by heavy drug addiction. There is no capacity to separate women from men (let alone transgender people or minors), nor is there an allowance for the separation of low-level offenders from hardened criminals.

The causes for imprisonment are not limited to robbery and drugs, they also extend into the political sphere. The law against hate, which was passed in January 2018, forbidding any protest against the government. The result is that numerous women are now behind bars.

How many more people will be impacted by this law? And what do the conditions of their imprisonment tell us about the state of Venezuelan society?

Artist Bios

  • Ana Maria Arévalo Gosen

    Ana Maria Arévalo Gosen

    Ana Maria Arévalo Gosen is a Venezuelan visual storyteller focusing on women’s rights. Mixing rigorous research with intimate stories, she aims to make a positive impact through her projects. In 2017-2019, she reported the story Días Eternos about the conditions of women in preventive detention centers and prisons in Venezuela. The project was supported by grants from Women Photograph and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. She is the recipient of the Lucas Dolega award, first place in the Pictures of the Year Latam in the category The Strength of Women, and the LUMIX prize. Her work has been exhibited at the LUMIX festival for young photojournalists, Manifesto festival in Toulouse, France, and the International Women Photography Association. Ana is a National Geographic Explorer and divides her time between Venezuela and Bilbao.


  • The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

    The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

    The Pulitzer Center’s mission is to champion the power of stories to make complex issues relevant and inspire action. Founded in 2006, the Center is an essential source of support for enterprise reporting in the United States and globally. The thousands of journalists and educators in our networks span more than 80 countries, and our work reaches tens of millions of people each year through our news-media partners. The journalism we support covers the world’s biggest challenges today, from the environment and global health to human rights and artificial intelligence.

Días Eternos: A Portrait of the Life of Female Prisoners in Venezuela

 archive : 2020

Featuring: Ana Maria Arévalo Gosen

Curated by: Claire Seaton

Presented by: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
  • The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting


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