After we started our project in Peru, I ran out of time to blog!
These posts are written after I returned to the US just to summarize what I did in Peru and give some pictures :)
We were in Lima from 5/31/14 through 6/6/14, and then we returned at the end of the trip from 6/18/14 through 6/21/14. There, we spent our time in the Miraflores, San Isidro, Magdalena del Mar and San Miguel districts meeting with the individuals and organizations working against human trafficking. There are many forms of trafficking in Lima, mostly domestic and commercial labor, factories, begging, and prostitution.
At the end of our trip, we were fortunate enough to be invited to the National Conference regarding human trafficking, where the biggest governmental & NGO human rights groups conducted workshops and presentations about human trafficking law and statistics in Peru and other Latin American countries like Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, and El Salvador.
Otherwise, we spent our free time enjoying Lima's food scene, exploring downtown Lima where we explored government buildings and the catacombs of the Church of San Francisco, and wandering around Miraflores where there are beautiful parks and an excellent view of the sea.
Here are some of my favorite Lima photos:
Fries at our favorite creole sandwich restaurant, La Lucha
One of the native birds in the sanctuary and park Bosque El Olivar in San Isidro
The inside of the Municipal Palace of Lima
Iglesia de Santo Domingo in downtown Lima
La Casa de la Literatura Peruana, downtown Lima
The sign for Astrid y Gastón, one of the most famous restaurants by Gastón Acurio, the food celebrity of Peru
A view of the kitchen at Astrid y Gastón, as well as one of our favorite dishes, tiradito. It's a "nikkei" food, a combination of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines that came about with Japanese immigrants to Peru that combines thin slices of sashimi with Peruvian pepper and cream sauces. We also ate Peking-duck style guinea pig in purple corn crepes here, which was surprisingly very tasty.