Where “La Bestia” crosses through Guadalajara, Laura Avila camps along the tracks and salvages trash to help her temporary neighbours.
The relatives are part of an annual trip to look for Central American migrants who went missing in Mexico, mostly on their way to the United States. Activists say thousands disappear every year during the increasingly dangerous journey.
No single group has been more tragically impacted by El Salvador's gang war than the young. Preyed on at school and in their barrios, many families seek to send them to the United States but this is getting more difficult and dangerous to do.
For 20 years, a group of women known as Las Patronas have been feeding US-bound immigrants from all over Central America as they pass through Mexico on a freight train known as La Bestia—The Beast.
They fell from the train that thousands of migrants ride each year to try to reach the United States. They say their mutilations are their "visas" to enter the country.
The dangerous train known as The Beast is being raided by police, monitored by satellites, and sped up in hopes of deterring migrant passengers.
Facing poverty and prejudice at home, the Garifuna communities of Central America are migrating north in huge numbers. VICE News visited Honduras to find out more.
Meet the men who produced a US-approved song warning against the dangers of "La Bestia" migrant train: they're willing to collaborate again.