Abbie Arevalo Herrera

EN – Abbie Arevalo Herrera is a mother who came to the U.S. to seek asylum after facing years of domestic violence and death threats in Honduras. In June 2018, Abbie sought sanctuary at...

Alirio Gámez

EN – In 2015, Alirio Palacios Gamez fled El Salvador. After a cruel journey to the United States, he was detained in Texas. He applied for asylum, but his application was denied in May 2017....

Carmela Apolonio Hernández

EN – Carmela fled Mexico with her four children in 2015 after three close family members were murdered by a local drug cartel, and she and her daughter were attacked at their home by an...

Edith Espinal Moreno

EN – Edith Espinal Moreno lived in sanctuary at Columbus Mennonite Church from October of 2017 until February 2021. Since then she has been at home with her husband and three children: Isidro, Brandow and...

Firelly Ríos

EN – Firelly Rios came to the US in 2002 with her six-month old daughter seeking asylum due to persecution in her home country of Colombia, which would later result in the disappearance of...

Francisca Lino

EN – Francisca Lino came to this country in 1999. She had two small children and wanted to give them a better life since their father had abandoned the family. She was detained at...

Ingrid Ecalada Latorre

EN – Ingrid Encalada Latorre, migrated to the US 2000 in search of the American dream escaping the poverty and corruption of her birthplace in Peru. Her trip to America was extremely difficult and having...

Irida Kakhtiranova

EN – Irida immigrated to the U.S. from Russia when she was 21 years old. She applied for asylum due to extreme discrimination that she faced for being a part of the LGBTQ+ community –but...

Juana Tobar Ortega

EN – Juana Tobar Ortega is a mother of four and grandmother of three who lives in Asheboro, North Carolina and had worked as an upholstery sewer technician in High Point for 23 years....

Lucio Pérez Ortiz

EN – Lucio Pérez Ortiz came to the U.S. as a 17-year-old new father from an indigenous agricultural town in Guatemala that had been traumatized by the civil war. He moved to Delaware where he...

María Chavalán Sut

EN – María Chavalán Sut is an indigenous Mayan Kaqchikel woman from Guatemala who survived horrible atrocities as a child during her country’s civil war during which more than 200,000 were massacred, kidnapped, or disappeared...

María Merida

EN – María Merida came to the United States from Guatemala in 1994. She has worked and paid taxes since 2000. Her husband and her oldest son were deported several years ago. María came...

Miriam Vargas Rodríguez

EN – Miriam Vargas Rodriguez came from Honduras to the US in 2005, and said,, “It was a decision because of safety and a terrible life. There is much violence in my country and no...

Rosa Gutiérrez López

EN – Rosa Gutiérrez López came to the U.S. in 2005 from El Salvador. Rosa established a family in the U.S. including becoming a mother. Rosa entered sanctuary at a church in Maryland in...

Rosa Sabido

EN – Rosa Sabido came to the U.S. from Mexico in 1987 and received approval for an application for permanent residency in 2006. She is completely bilingual and speaks English fluently as if she’s...