Gallery: Elder Leiva, draped in the flag of Honduras in 2017 in Minnesota, three years after escaped his birth country because of the dangers posed by gangs. He had "Never Give Up" tattooed on his arm. The teddy bears are from his girlfriend.
Gallery: Elder Leiva goes off to work at a restaurant in Minnetonka where he is a dishwasher in 2017, three years after he arrived in Minnesota as an unaccompanied minor.
Gallery: In 2014, Elder Leiva, 17, has a prom picture as well as a flag of his homeland on the wall of his aunt's home. He left his native Honduras by himself, and was part of a group of unaccompanied minors who have left Central America to escape a life of poverty and violence.
Gallery: After arriving in 2014, Elder Leiva, 17, gets support from family, including his cousin Eulises, 9, with whom he shares a room.
Gallery: Elder Leiva, then 17, watching a YouTube video of gang victims being unearthed from a grave in 2014. He left his native Honduras by himself, to escape a life of poverty and violence.
Gallery: Elder Leiva, then 17, enjoys going to the park by himself in 2014. This is something he could not do back home because of gang violence.
Gallery: Elder Leiva, then 17, gets some academic counseling during lunch hour from family outreach specialist Mayra Garcia-Rivera in 2014.
Gallery: Elder Leiva, then 17, likes to read his bible which he keeps in his dresser in 2014.
Gallery: Elder Leiva, 17, gets a lot of support from his family and his cousin Eulises, 9, with whom he shares a room in 2014.
Gallery: Elder Leiva, 17, walks home after school in 2014, after arriving in Minnesota as an unaccompanied minor from Honduras.
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