In Photos: The Central American Migrant’s Journey to Asylum

Emerson Collective
May 3, 2016 · 7 min read
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A young boy after he swam across the border from Guatemala to Mexico on his own.

Entering Mexico from the South

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Immigrant activist points to the city of Tapachula and the Suchiate River on the Mexican border with Guatemala.
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Inner-tube rafts take people across the Suchiate River between Tecún Umán, Guatemala, and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.
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A woman carries groceries and a young boy sells treats along the border. The bridge in the distance is the official border crossing.
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A mother and daughter sell goods at the Mexican border.
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A man sells Cup of Noodles on the border.
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An official border checkpoint, funded in large part by the U.S. government

Applying for Asylum in Mexico

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Finding a Safe Place to Stay

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At one shelter in Tapachula, every asylum-seeking teenage boy was fleeing persecution for being gay.
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A migrant takes a computer literacy course at a shelter.
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A mom and her 12-day-old baby fled the violence in Honduras and are now staying at a shelter in Mexico.
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Shelters are often the best places for migrants to get information and feel a network of support.

Work Life

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A market in Tapachula sells chickens.

Facing Detention

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Sigulo XXI is the largest immigrant detention center in the Americas.

Life or Death After Deportation

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Bulletin board of refugees women helped by a shelter.

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