Pregnant at 15, Erica Alfaro dropped out of high school, suffered years of domestic violence and one night found herself on the street before she set on a path to making a better life for her and her son by pursuing an education.
Neither of Erica’s parents attended school as children. Both have spent their lives working in the fields trying to support three children. While Erica and her siblings were born in the United States, they spent most of their childhood living in Tijuana because they couldn’t afford to live here. When her parents brought them here permanently in hopes that their children would get a good education, Erica was 13 years old and spoke no English.