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Gregoria Flores, United States

July 28, 2015

While many were surprised when tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children arrived at the U.S. southern border seeking asylum last year, it had a sadly familiar resonance for Gregoria Flores.

“I know what it’s like to apply for asylum here when you have no one supporting you,” said Flores, 47, who arrived alone in the U.S. in 2006 after fleeing assassination attempts due to her work advocating for Indigenous rights in her native Honduras. Flores, now a resident of the Bronx, New York, identifies as Garifuna—of Indigenous Carib, Arawak and West African descent—and...

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