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Paola, a resident of Casa Xochiquetzal, goes to bless her Santa Muerte at a local shrine in Mexic City, Mexico on July 1, 2008. Saint Death is a deity or saint-like figure worshiped or venerated in Mexico. The people devoted to this religious icon are praying for a better life. They ask for favors or seek protection, laying offerings of money, cigars and sweets at her bony feet. Casa Xochiquetzal is a shelter for elderly sex workers in Mexico City. It gives the women refuge, food, health services, a space to learn about their human rights and courses to help them rediscover their self-confidence and deal with traumatic aspects of their lives. Casa Xochiquetzal provides a space to age with dignity for a group of vulnerable women who are often invisible to society at large. It is the only such shelter existing in Latin America. Photo by Bénédicte Desrus