Salvadoran Mother Traumatized by Violence Faces Court without Legal or Psychological Assistance

In California, at least 17,000 Salvadorans are awaiting trial in immigration courts. Some are migrants that fled violence and sought asylum in the United States. Generally, they must wait two years for their first court date, and in the meantime, they face many challenges in obtaining legal help and supporting themselves. For many immigrants, these problems lead to stress and anxiety. Our reporter Valeria Fernández has closely followed the story of Yocelin, a mother of four small children who is coping with traumatic memories of the sexual violence and death threats that forced her to flee El Salvador, and doing so without access to psychological help. To top it all off, she will soon face a judge.

Thie entry is available only in Español.

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