During Sunday Mass at a sunlit cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, a 22-year-old woman stepped timidly to a podium and began her story.
"My name is Dunia Cruz," she said in Spanish. "I came here from Honduras."
As she spoke of the gang violence that she said drove her and her toddler son from Central America in April — and of their dangerous journey across Mexico — Cruz was interrupted by bursts of applause.
Her tale resonated with many of the transplants from other countries in the crowded church pews.