In September 2015, I spent time in Mexico investigating the crackdown of migrants fleeing violence in Central America. Tens of millions of dollars were funded by the U.S. to keep migrants from reaching the U.S.- Mexico border. The Oct. 11 New York Times Sunday Review published my piece, Refugees at our Door, where I shared the effects of the crackdown through the stories of migrants fleeing countries torn apart by gangs and drug traffickers. If you agree you don’t want the US government paying Mexico to send Central American refugees back to their countries, sometimes to their deaths, contact federal lawmakers by signing my MoveOn.org petition. Below are photos of migrants who shared their stories with me during my visit to various migrant shelters last year.
At the Shelter of Jesus the Good Shepherd, director Olga Sánchez Martínez helps Central American migrants left deeply injured by Mexico’s freight trains. Many, seen here in 2003, have lost limbs; others have been attacked by machete-wielding gangsters who control the train tops. Today, some 18,000 Central Americans are being kidnapped each year in Mexico by narco-trafficking cartels. The cartels extort money from parents and other relatives in the United States.
For photos that accompanied the newspaper series Enrique’s Journey, first published in the Los Angeles Times, click LA Times or Pulitzer Prize
Interview with Don Bartletti, LA Times photographer whose stories accompanied Sonia’s original series about Enrique Journey