For months, a caravan of migrant families has been traveling through Mexico with the hopes of finding refuge from unsafe conditions in Honduras. In the three weeks that Ada Luisa Trillo spent following the caravan through Mexico, she documented everything from fear and desperation to determination and faith. (Video by Raishad M.


I am currently working on a project documenting the caravan of thousands of Latin American families that are marching through Mexico to the U.S. border in search of a better life, free from gang violence and extreme poverty. This caravan, which started in Honduras in early October, faces strong opposition from the political right and Donald Trump, who has threatened to send troops to the U.S. border and cut aid to Central America. Despite these threats, the Latin American families in the caravan have continued to push toward the U.S. border. Thankfully, the Mexican people and authorities have shown compassion, giving those traveling with the caravan necessary food, clothing and shelter during the difficult and often dangerous journey. Priest Alejandro Solalinde, director of the Hermanos en el Camino shelter in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, and one of the most prominent figures in the fight for immigrant rights in Mexico, has said that immigrants suffer a holocaust when they cross the border in their fight to reach the American Dream because they are "exposed to all types of violence as soon as they leave their countries." I have witnessed this holocaust firsthand in my work documenting immigrants. The people that I have met are not the criminals depicted by Donald Trump--they are parents, students, and children with the same hopes and aspirations as the European immigrants fighting religious and political persecution at the turn of the 19th century. Like those before them, they can make the United States a better place if given a chance. There are over 7,000 immigrants traveling in the caravan, over 2,700 of which are children. Without a sound immigrant policy, however, many immigrants have been caught in a no-win and unjust situation. My mission is to document the plight of these immigrants, expose the truth about who they are and the injustices that they suffer, and make people aware of all that they have to offer the United States. I intend to tell their stories of bravery, strength and perseverance." - Ada Trillo