EL PASO, Texas – An El Paso woman has dedicated her life to helping migrants who are seeking refuge in the United States.
Maria Sajquim de Torres, is part of the Caminar Contigo, a project of Jesuit Refugees Services. It’s a program that helps provide legal, mental, and psychological support to asylum seekers.
For the past 18 months she has been the the program manager for this new project.
However, Sajquim de Torres has been in this line of work for 30 years. She said she has made it her life's mission.
Those who work closely with her say she has helped hundreds of migrant mothers flee violence, poverty and discrimination.
She said she is grateful to be in this field of work.
“I am very thankful to be working with them, but especially I am humbled by the fact that I work serving migrants and refugees because it is a work that I really feel called to do,” she said.
Sajquim de Torres said that for the past three decades, her professional and personal life has consisted of working with them. She said this is a line of work that involves a collaborative effort.
"El Paso is a community of migrants and so I think that we are working to offer services for this group and we are also a community that welcomes migrants, so it is part of contributing to what the community is already doing.”
Those interested in the line of work that she is involved in can visit: https://jrsusa.org/