Audio via @KPCC: Unaccompanied minor immigrant from Guatemala makes it to LA, gains asylum
Death threats from the maras – or gangs – in his native Guatemala are the reason Ronald Aldana says he left.
The son of farmers from the rural region of Santa Ana says it started when he was 16 years old. He was studying auto mechanics at a trade school. One day, his cousin was murdered as he jogged down the road. Aldana and his father reported the crime to the police and helped with his burial. Within hours, he started getting threats that escalated into attacks.
[Ronald was a client of Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), a pro-bono legal and advocacy organization.]
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