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It has been two years since Cecilia's son, Carlos, set sail from the coast of Ecuador on an ordinary day's fishing voyage.The fate Carlos turned out to have met was more surreal than that, and in a way, even more harrowing: Deep in international waters, thousands of kilometers from the United States, he was detained by the U.S. Coast Guard. He has been locked away in a New Jersey prison ever since.Carlos, who faces an 11-year sentence, is one of hundreds of men ensnared in an expansion of America's "war on drugs," whereby U.S. authorities now apprehend and detain foreign fishermen in international waters. In desperation, some of Manta's fishermen, prodded by smugglers who prowl the port looking for men with boats and without options, have turned to small-scale drug running.When men are incarcerated en masse for drug offenses -- as has occurred with men of color in the U.S. -- the economic impact can leave their families marginalized for generations to come.Despite their lack of options, communities are developing innovative ways to cope. Cecilia has organized a group of about 150 women whose husbands, sons and brothers have been caught in the dragnet of America's drug war.
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