Maria and Juan – both from Honduras – were fleeing not only poverty, but horrific violence. Gang members in San Pedro Sula had extorted Maria’s two brothers for months. When they were unable to pay, she said, the gang burned down their house and butchered them with machetes. “My brothers had no money because they were helping me with Javier,” she’d told me. “They died helping my son.” The killers had even attended the funeral to send Maria a message that she was next.