Here in Guatemala, I have met a teenage girl, Josephine. She’s grown up in a rural area in between Guatemala City and San Pedro Ayumpuc, the next large city to the northeast. This area is known for violence and it is common to hear gun shots every evening. Gang members permeate throughout the community. For much of her life she grew up with a single mom. When she was younger, her mother would lock her and her older brother in the house alone; afraid to allow them to be in the neighborhood unsupervised and with no other child care options.

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