Build Dates: June 22-25, 2015

Family Information:

Father- Joel

  • Age 46
  • Profession: Field Worker
  • Daily Salary: $10.40

Mother- Yolanda

  • Age 39
  • Profession: Field Worker
  • Daily Salary: $10.40




  • Carlos, age 15, Jr High
  • Miriam, age 13
  • Cristian, age 8, 3rd Grade

Property Information:

Colonia- Tinajitas
Time with property- 3 months
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- No

Family Story:

Joel and Yolanda are from Sinaloa and have been married almost four years. They came to Ensenada just over one year ago, running away from many problems. Joel isn't the father of the 3 children. Their father is in jail because he was accused of sexually abusing the two oldest, Carlos and Miriam. Their father started to be physically abusive of Carlos as well, and that is when he confessed to his mother that their father had been touching them inappropriately. Yolanda immediately turned him in and he was then imprisoned. Their father is still in prison, but he has a brother involved in gangs who sent them a message threatening to kill Yolanda for putting his brother in jail.

Joel and Yolanda had to leave and they came here to Ensenada where they didn't know anyone, without any money, and without telling any relatives where they are. Joel is doing what he can to protect Yolanda and the children. When they arrived in Ensenada, they asked a church to house them, then lived with neighbors, and lastly, found an abandoned house without any doors. They cleaned up the house and moved in. When the owner of the house showed up, they were able to come to an agreement that allowed them to stay but look for their own place. They bought a piece of land on credit close to where they had been living and Joel built a small place for them on the land with old pieces of wood and scrap plywood, and a tarp to use as the roof.

They have lived there for the past three months. Joel works in construction and is hired by contract. When he has no job, he goes and works in the fields. Yolanda also works in the fields when there is work in order for them to have more income to use to make the land payments each month. The income they make from working in the fields is barely enough to cover land payments, food and basic living expenses.

Note: The children do not know that Yolanda told HOH about the sexual abuse that happened.