“Even I couldn’t believe it when the judge told me I’d won,” Gabriela tells me over the phone. Gabriela is calling from San Francisco, where she lives and works now that she has won her immigration case. Gabriela is tired—she just got home from her job at a taco shop—but [...]
As a lesbian growing up in the mountains of El Salvador, Imelda faced constant discrimination and violence. She was bullied for dressing in boy’s clothes and survived physical violence and beatings from multiple men. When she was 19, Imelda was violently raped by a gang leader. Years later, the gang [...]
At the age of 14, Elbia was first approached by a 15 year old boy who asked her to be his girlfriend. When she refused, he pressured her relentlessly. Two years later, Elbia was living with him, was raped repeatedly, and found herself trapped in an abusive relationship. Elbia became [...]
Cecilio grew up in San Sebastián, Guatemala. Throughout his childhood, he endured constant physical and psychological abuse at the hands of his father. His father’s alcoholism kept the family in a perpetual state of instability. Every time his father got a paycheck, he immediately spent it on alcohol and disappeared [...]
Ximena was violently assaulted and raped in Mexico by cartel members. When she reported the incident to the local Mexican police, she became the target of one of the most violent cartels in Mexico. “The police told me that I would regret having filed the report and that I would [...]
Alfonso, like many Florence Project clients, was separated from his mother by thousands of miles, multiple borders, and many years. When Alfonso came to the U.S., he had no idea what the asylum process would entail. The only thing he knew was that he had not seen his mother in [...]
After suffering nearly fifteen years of physical and psychological abuse from her husband in Bolivia, Liliana separated from him. In the years that followed she struggled to make ends meet and support her children.
Eduard endured a turbulent childhood in Guatemala. When he was a baby, both his parents abandoned him to live with his grandparents. Around the age of eight, he went to live with his mother and stepfather.