Portraits of migrants
The photographs were taken in Mexico in 2016 during the filming of the documentary "The migrant's homeland" and were the result of an investigation into the social phenomenon of Central American migration to the United States.
They were taken in the towns of Monterrey in the State of Nuevo León and Saltillo in the State of Coahuila. They are portraits of Central American migrants who must overcome all kinds of difficulties in order to cross Mexican territory and reach the United States; they are subjected to harassment by drug cartels, common delinquency and often also by the police authorities themselves. Most of the time, migrants make their journey to the border on the freight train they call "La Bestia" (The Beast), in which it is very difficult to survive.
Throughout the country there are different organizations that provide temporary shelter to migrants who are passing through, they are called "Migrant homes", where they can rest, feed and protect themselves for a few days while they recover their strength and continue their journey. During this period the present photographic portraits were taken and also the interviews for the audiovisual documentary.
Rodrigo Torres Barriga