I decided to use my photography to bring attention to the social injustices experienced by Latin American people in crisis. I documented the Migrant Caravan that consisted of people mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador also know as the Northern Triangle.
As an independent Artist with no firm political agenda, I was interested to learn the truth about the statements being spread about the Migrant Caravan. Donal Trump, "Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!"
I took a flight to Tapachula, Mexico on the border of Guatemala, where the immigrants were waiting and anticipating their cross into Mexico. I began Photographing and asking questions. As soon as they came over the border into Mexico I spoke with as many different members of the Caravan as I could. Many are young women disguising themselves as men and boys to avoid rape and attacks. Others are running from being extorted and threatened with death by the Honduran Gangs. Many with handicaps, such as a man named Juan Alberto, traveling with his young daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy. Another man travelled all the way from Honduras to Tijuana in a wheelchair in hopes of getting treatment for his spine.
Donald Trump 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 cataclysm. 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 cataclysm 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.