17-year-old Maryori Urbina Contreras listens to her attorney Christopher Helt speak about her upcoming immigration hearing Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Evantson, Ill. Maryori is one of 68,000 unaccompanied children who flooded across the southwest border of the United States, causing a humanitarian crisis in 2014. She had risked everything when she left Honduras and traveled alone across more than 1,500 miles, in a desperate attempt to escape the gang violence of her homeland and reunite with her mother, who has been in the country since 2001. In 2015, a final hearing was postponed until February 2018, when a Chicago Immigration Court judge granted her asylum. “I know that even though it’s not the country where I was born, it’s a place that can be my home.”

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