19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Bisquet time in a migrant shelter

A girl eats on top of a bunkbed at the "Embajadores de Jesus" shelter. Located some three miles south of the border with the United States it was founded as a church in 2011 by Zaida Guillén, it sprawled into a shelter in 2015 with the arrival of the first migrants from Haiti. Three years ago they started working with centralamericans that came in the 2018 caravans. Lately, they started receiving migrants from within Mexico, escaping the violence epidemic in states like Guerrero and Michoacan. They also shelter people from several southamerican countries. Current population is about 180. They have been greatly impacted since all asylum seeking processes in the US were brought to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, overextending their stay in shelters close to the border and broadening the scope of this humanitarian crisis.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Tijuana, Mexico
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Renato Miller