Central American Immigrants Rest In Northern Mexico On Their Journey To The United States (Photo Essay)
May 23, 2011 By John Sevigny
SALTILLO, Mexico — Every year an estimated 300,000 migrants — mostly from Central America — cross Mexico’s southern border on their way to the United States. It’s a dangerous journey that can easily end in frustration. To help migrants on their way, a network of shelters has developed to provide food, lodging and healthcare. Latin America News Dispatch contributor John Sevigny visited one of these shelters, Belén Posada del Migrante in the northern city of Saltillo, on May 19 and May 20 and sent us this photo essay.
Above, Efrén, a Honduran immigrant heading to the United States, smokes while resting at the Belén Posada de Migrante shelter in Saltillo. Violence against Central Americans by organized crime groups has increased in Mexico, and in countries such as Guatemala, which immigrants traveling overland cross to get to their destinations.
About John Sevigny
John Sevigny was born into a family of Methodist Civil Rights advocates and political activists. As a photographer and writer he has worked for the Associated Press in Mexico and in the Miami office of EFE News, the official agency of the Spanish government. He has covered the drug cartel war in Northern Mexico, Central American gangs, contemporary activist movements in Guatemala, elections and issues related to religion. He has given guest lectures on his own photography, journalism, structural violence and Modernism at universities including Pratt Institute, Loyola in Chicago, Depaul University, and many others. Sevigny has had more than 50 photography exhibitions in the United States, Latin America and Europe. He currently gives photography classes at the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas in San Salvador, El Salvador. His website is www.johnsevigny.org.