Jorge started working when he was 9 years old. For about 20 quetzals a day ($2.59 USD), he would help truck drivers load and unload freight. 


Due to the prevalence of low wages throughout Latin America, children 

often have no choice but to enter the workforce in order to help their families make ends meet.  

To make matters worse, the few opportunities these families are able to create for themselves are threatened by the prevalence of violence in the region. Latin America accounts for 33% of all homicides in the world.  


Jorge learned this the hard way. After a string of violent attacks against his family, his brother was murdered, prompting him to flee to the United States for safety.  

Throughout his journey, Jorge continued working unloading freight for truck drivers. He used the transportation routes strategically in order to travel over 2,500 miles to the United States border, where he asked for asylum.  

“US Immigration told me I had no opportunity to be in the US, but I decided to try anyway,” Recounts Jorge.  

“I learned about ImmDef through a program at the detention center. They fought for me to be able to stay here... They did everything 

possible for me to win the case.” 

Jorge works in construction now. His dream is to become a contractor and he is currently working hard to learn English so that he can reach his goal.  

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Clients name changed to protect their identity.