on going - postponed due to COVID-19

In January and March, I documented Venezuelan women between the ages of 19 and ~60 who worked in Peruvian homes, restaurants, or service points. A wave of xenophobia had been growing, as in several other hispanic countries, towards Venezuelans especially towards women. The venecas. This stereotype gave space for normalized sexist violence, especially when labelling them as prostitutes or man-stealers. At the end of 2019 there were 168 femicides, 570 tentative cases and 17,000 cases of sexual abuse. The deadliest year for women in Peru within the last decade. Considering that a Venezuelan woman is less likely to report an act of abuse or exploitation and more likely to experience it. 58% of Venezuelan immigrants in Peru are women, 59% between the ages of 18 and 24, 68% without access to higher education, and 88% were working informally according to ACNUR and Amnesty International. I focused mainly on portraits, since it was very important for me to show images that did not feed the sensationalism or the stereotypes of precariousness and promiscuity of this migrant population.⁠

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