Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario

Photos from the LA Times

These photographs, by photographer Don Bartletti, were published with the 2002 Los Angeles Times newspaper series "Enrique's Journey." That series was the basis for the book by the same title. The photographs are reprinted with the permission of the Los Angeles Times.


Central American migrants headed for the United States ride in railroad cars through southern Mexico. Migrants call it El Tren Peregrino, The Pilgrim's Train.


Migrants flatten themselves to avoid being hit by tree branches as their freight train rolls through Chiapas in southern Mexico. Enrique learned several lessons about the state known to immigrants as "the beast." Among them: Trust no one in authority, and never ride alone.


One migrant watches as another, a 12-year-old boy headed to the U.S. to find his mother, leaps from freight car to freight car during a train's brief stop in Mapastepec in southern Mexico.


Enrique washes a car in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. He needed to earn one hundred pesos to call Honduras to get his mother's phone number, which he had lost during a beating by train bandits in Mexico.