David* is a 13-year-old boy from El Salvador. David and his family were abandoned by his father when David was only 5 years old. Without the financial support of David’s father, his mother was left with the burden of supporting the family. David’s family was threatened by gang members multiple times while he was living in El Salvador.
Melia is a 12-year-old girl from El Salvador. Melia came to the United States in order to reunite with her mother, who had fled El Salvador and her violently abusive husband, Melia’s father, a few years earlier. Melia’s mother believed that Melia and her sister were in danger from the gangs because they had started pursuing Melia’s older sister.
Lucas* and Daisy* are 9- and 6-year-old siblings from El Salvador. With the help of their mother, Lucas and Daisy recently entered the U.S. alone to flee from a gang that had been threatening them in El Salvador.
[content warning: discusses sexual abuse of a minor]
Valeria* is a 17-year-old girl from Guatemala. Valeria came to the U.S. because her parents were unable to provide for her in Guatemala.
[content warning: discusses sexual assault upon a child]
Javi* is a 13-year-old boy from Honduras. He endured a childhood plagued by gang violence and threats.
Ervin* is an 11-year-old boy from El Salvador. Gang members in one city threatened and extorted Ervin's family because his mother had a successful small business. They said they would kill her children if she did not pay them "rent," so his mother abandoned the business and fled to another city with her children.
Alfonso* is a 17-year-old boy from Honduras. Alfonso's mother died when he was an infant, and his father is elderly and ill and can no longer provide care for him. In fact, for several years, Alfonso has taken on the caregiving role to help his father.
SIJS (MD): GUATEMALAN TEEN WORKED TO SUPPORT HIS FAMILY WHILE HIS FATHER SPENT HIS OWN EARNINGS ON ALCOHOL (Fredy)
Fredy* is a 17-year-old boy from Guatemala.
SALVADORAN BOY WHO WAS ABUSED AND NEGLECTED BY HIS FATHER WANTS TO REMAIN WITH HIS UNCLE IN MARYLAND (Cory)
Cory* is a 12-year-old boy from El Salvador. His father abused him and his mother physically and verbally. His father also failed to support him and instead spent his own earnings on alcohol and drugs and then demanded that Cory's mother give him her earnings, which she used to provide for her family's needs.
Dita* is a 10-year-old girl from Honduras. Shortly after Dita was born, her father moved to the U.S. to be better able to provide for his family.