In 2018, Elisa O’Callaghan was far from calm. The conditions in which migrants were being detained along the U.S.-Mexico border affected her deeply. She’s the daughter of immigrants herself.
“I was losing my faith in humanity from all of the things that was happening to migrants – the tear gassing in San Diego…” she said. “It shook me.”
Without knowing anyone in the area, O’Callaghan drove to Brownsville to see what she could do to ease the suffering she saw. She connected with teachers who were traveling to Matamoros, Mexico, educating children during the day and feeding them in the evening.
She says more than 3,000 people were living on the streets of Matamoros.