Juanita Mesa speaks to the women of Tierra Colorado about why she joined the Citizen Police during a recruitment trip. “We are united to defend our town. To defend against delinquents, drug traffickers, kidnappers, rapists, abusers—against organized crime," says Mesa. “One of the advantages we have is they can be 10 or 15 well-armed [criminals], but we are thousands, and we are organized—we are like ants, mounds of us will come." Before joining the Citizen Police Mesa was part of a local council that tried to monitor and reform the Citizen Police’s somewhat dubious criminal justice system.