XOCHITL

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 Xochitl Flores on her way to school. In order to get to school on time, Xochitl, and her family leave the shelter at 6 a.m. to make the 2-hour journey. 

Xochitl Flores on her way to school. In order to get to school on time, Xochitl, and her family leave the shelter at 6 a.m. to make the 2-hour journey. 

 Juan and Xochitl Flores watch their eldest brother, Estio’s, karate demonstration. All three children used to practice karate until their dad left them three years ago. 

Juan and Xochitl Flores watch their eldest brother, Estio’s, karate demonstration. All three children used to practice karate until their dad left them three years ago. 

 Xochitl Flores. New York. 2017. 

Xochitl Flores. New York. 2017. 

 Xochitl Flores falls asleep on Etsio's shoulder on the bus on their way to school in Staten Island. It is Xochitl’s first day back to school after a week of disciplinary action that sent her to an alternative school in Brooklyn for a week.

Xochitl Flores falls asleep on Etsio's shoulder on the bus on their way to school in Staten Island. It is Xochitl’s first day back to school after a week of disciplinary action that sent her to an alternative school in Brooklyn for a week.

 
I’m just scared that what if one day someone comes and tells them, ‘You have to leave, you can’t stay here anymore.’

And then it would scare me, if I had to go back, and I’m wondering if I would go back with them, or I would stay here alone, and possibly even move in with my dad.
 
 Xochitl Flores. New York City. 2016. 

Xochitl Flores. New York City. 2016.