Stories: Migration

  • Preying on disaster: How human trafficking has spiked in quake-shattered Nepal

    The year following two earthquakes that devastated Nepal saw a spike in desperate people falling into the clutches of human traffickers. Two years later, with the country’s infrastructure and economy still in ruins, NGOs say human trafficking is still on the rise. Nepal has long been a source of economic migrants, and the money they’ve sent...

  • ‘I Want to Go Back’: In Guatemala, U.S.-Born Kids Struggle After Their Parents’ Deportation

    Amavilia remembers the United States. She remembers watching Dora the Explorer and eating ice cream at a Chinese buffet. She remembers hanging out with friends after school, living in a three-bedroom apartment, and speaking English. She also remembers what relatives told her about her parents' home country of Guatemala. "They told me [it was] a dangerous place," the 1...

  • Colombian Refugees Seek Justice in Peace Deal

    After three years of negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC rebels in the Cuban capital, Havana, a peace deal that could bring more than five decades of conflict to an end, appears to be in sight. On Tuesday, an agreement on the crucial sticking point of victim reparations and special tribunals to try former members of FARC, the Revolutionary...

  • When Family Ties Fray, Migrant Kids Can Land on Streets

    The community where Cristian Gomez grew up in rural Guatemala didn’t have traffic lights. So it wasn’t until he was 13, when he moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to live with his aunt, that he learned how to cross a busy city street. Back then, Gomez stood 4 feet 8 inches tall and weighed just 80 pounds. He didn&rsquo...

  • Guatemalan Families Wager Homes to Finance U.S. Migration

    Two years ago, Josefina Coyote was meeting with a lawyer in Guatemala City to try to prevent being evicted when she got a call from her neighbor in Patzun, a largely Mayan municipality about 50 miles west of the capital. The neighbor had just been forced out of her home. The man who evicted her had all the proper documents, Coyote...

  • Migrant Kids Highlight Legacy of Violence and Inequality Toward Maya

    Juan wears the same Abercrombie & Fitch hoodie he wore when he arrived in Guatemala City three days before. It was given to him in the United States. He keeps his other mementos from his northward journey, including a stack of CDs he has no way of playing, in the two-room structure his family once called home in Guatemala&rsquo...

  • Migrants Find Welcome With Italian Church

    August in Italy is a usually a time for rest and relaxation. But on one Saturday in the summer of 2013, beachgoers in Catania, Sicily, found a boat full of migrants that had crashed off the city's shore. As news spread throughout social media, a group of Catania's youth knew what they needed to do. Just one month earlier,...

  • Italian Convents Act as Safe Houses in Trafficking Portal

    The girl was waiting at the sisters’ gate one morning in August. Before her 18th birthday, Elizabeth had already traveled across the Sahara and the Mediterranean on her way from Nigeria to Europe and spent six months in a brothel in Denmark. She was being prepared to start working on the streets of Italy when she found her way...

  • A Boon for the Women of Ecuador

    For the 60,000 residents of this rural county of green hills and small villages, migration is something of a rite of passage. The share of Cañar’s people leaving the country is greater than that of any other district in Ecuador. More than 70 percent of its households receive remittances every month, and rely on them to cover basic...

  • A Boon for the Women of Ecuador

    For the 60,000 residents of this rural county of green hills and small villages, migration is something of a rite of passage. The share of Cañar’s people leaving the country is greater than that of any other district in Ecuador. More than 70 percent of its households receive remittances every month, and rely on them to cover basic...