Amalia, a resident of Casa Xochiquetzal, puts on make-up before going out to work on the streets of the La Merced’s neighborhood in Mexico City on October 15, 2010. Amalia, 66, is from Michoacan and came to Casa Xochiquetzal when it first opened its doors in 2006. She wears a wig and pads her bra. She is very animated; words and songs come easily to her. She has schizophrenia for 22 years, but despite hearing voices, she works hard not to lose touch with reality. As a way of earning a little money, she gathers plastic bottles to recycle and also helps to sell clothes in a stand operated by her boyfriend of 31 years. Casa Xochiquetzal is a shelter for elderly sex workers in Mexico City. It gives the women refuge, food, health services and a space to learn about their human rights, as well as 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.