This is the story of Petrona Tomas, a young teenage girl who
was sold to a stranger by her own father in her native
reveals in this report how Petrona was able to flee
Guatemala and cross the border into the United States, but
only to find even more hardship. During her trip, she was
beaten and abused by individuals involved in illegal border
crossing known as “the coyotes.”
Florida, Petrona gave birth to a premature baby girl who
died. Petrona was accused of murdering her baby and tried as
an adult in a Florida Court.
was in prison until Immigration and Human Rights lawyer,
Aileen Josephs defended her and proved her innocence.