Putting a face on the state’s shelter crisis

Mother and young son make perilous trip from Venezuela to Mass.

DONNA VELASQUEZ was miserable in Venezuela. She lived with more than a dozen relatives in a small, packed house in La Vela de Coro, a port city in northwestern Venezuela, one of the poorest parts of the country. A 26-year-old single mother raising a small child, she remembers constantly feeling hungry and distressed. Every morning(...)

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