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Inocente

Inocente Izucar is a formerly-homeless teenager living in San Diego.

As a child Ms. Izucar moved more than 30 times in nine years — sleeping in crowded quarters beside her three younger brothers under one temporary roof after another, and sometimes even outdoors. Her father was deported to Mexico for domestic abuse. She once stood on a bridge and convinced her mother not to jump.

As a way to cope with the stresses of homelessness and complex relationships, Inocente turned to painting. Her art portrays a vibrant imagination that has survived through the many difficulties she’s faced. A documentary, airing tonight on MTV, follows the life of Inocente and by extension, the lives of many of America’s homeless youth.

Watch a clip here:

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