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Local Prison Staff And Inmates Receive Donation From U.S. NGO

Needy families receive shipment of clothing and toys

Posted: August 30, 2005

The needy families of prison guards and inmates of penal institutions in Uruguay received a shipment of clothing and toys from the United States donated by private citizens through the First Redeemer Church of Atlanta, Georgia, and the Uruguayan branch of Operation Mobilization (OM), an international Christian NGO that works in more than 100 countries.

The donation was made in response to the humanitarian crisis in Uruguayan prisons. In the past four years the prison population has tripled without any increase in capacity or money budgeted for the care of inmates causing a dire situation for prisoners and guards alike whose low income has driven many into poverty, according to National Director of Prisons Enrique Navas.

The U.S. Embassy Montevideo facilitated the donation, and it is expected that further donations of this nature will continue to arrive in order to assist the people affected by this crisis.

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National Director of Prisons Enrique Navas thanking the donation on behalf of his staff and inmates. Also pictured, to the left, are U.S. Embassys Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez and OM Uruguay Director Siegfried Klassen. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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National Director of Prisons Enrique Navas thanking the donation on behalf of his staff and inmates. Also pictured, to the left, are U.S. Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission Linda Gonzalez and OM Uruguay Director Siegfried Klassen.

Prison guards and their families waiting to help distribute the donations while Director of Prisons Enrique Navas describes the humanitarian crisis in Uruguayan prisons. Budget restrictions have forced many guards and their families into poverty. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Prison guards and their families waiting to help distribute the donations while Director of Prisons Enrique Navas describes the humanitarian crisis in Uruguayan prisons. Budget restrictions have forced many guards and their families into poverty.


Operation Mobilization (OM) Uruguay Director Siegfried Klassen describes the assistance plan. OM is an international Christian NGO that works in more than 100 countries in partnership with local churches providing relief and development. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Operation Mobilization (OM) Uruguay Director Siegfried Klassen describes the assistance plan. OM is an international Christian NGO that works in more than 100 countries in partnership with local churches providing relief and development.
 

Tom Brown, a lawyer from Atlanta, Georgia, talks about the dire situation of guards and inmates in Uruguayan prisons, following his visit to a number of institutions in the area. Brown stated that in spite of the difficulties, prison staff and inmates are cooperating and working hard to overcome the problem. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Tom Brown, a lawyer from Atlanta, Georgia, talks about the dire situation of guards and inmates in Uruguayan prisons, following his visit to a number of institutions in the area. Brown stated that in spite of the difficulties, prison staff and inmates are cooperating and working hard to overcome the problem.


A/Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy Montevideo, Linda Gonzalez, addressing the guards and their families. She praised their sacrifice and dedication for the protection of society. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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A/Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy Montevideo, Linda Gonzalez, addressing the guards and their families. She praised their sacrifice and dedication for the protection of society. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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A/Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy Montevideo, Linda Gonzalez, addressing the guards and their families. She praised their sacrifice and dedication for the protection of society.


A/DCM Linda Gonzalez receives a certificate of appreciation for the U.S. Embassy Montevideo. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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A/DCM Linda Gonzalez receives a certificate of appreciation for the U.S. Embassy Montevideo.

A/DCM Linda Gonzalez greets the children of prison guards as they receive toys and other donations. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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A/DCM Linda Gonzalez greets the children of prison guards as they receive toys and other donations.


Prison guards and their families receiving their donations and helping to distribute boxes of clothes and toys for other families. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Prison guards and their families receiving their donations and helping to distribute boxes of clothes and toys for other families. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Prison guards and their families receiving their donations and helping to distribute boxes of clothes and toys for other families.


Overcome by emotion, prison guard receives words of encouragement from Tom Brown. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Overcome by emotion, prison guard receives words of encouragement from Tom Brown.

A/DCM Linda Gonzalez chats with families of prison guards. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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A/DCM Linda Gonzalez chats with families of prison guards.
 


 
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