Health and Justice for Girls: Meet Esperanza (A Case Study)

What difference will the National Girls Health Screen Project make in the lives of girls?  In this case study of Esperanza, Stoneleigh Fellow Leslie Acoca shows just how powerful health screening for girls entering detention can be. 

"Imagine you are Esperanza, a fourteen year old Hispanic girl running away from home to get away from your Mom’s boyfriend who has been sexually abusing you for years. You have an older boyfriend because sex feels so familiar and you drink and use drugs to help with your pain and confusion. You are not feeling good physically-you are hot and have pain in your stomach and lower back. When you get really upset, like today, it’s hard to breathe but no one has filled your asthma inhaler prescription recently."  Read the rest of the case study here.

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