Veronica, 18, and boyfriend Romel, 17, another member of her gang and the father of her 2-month-old daughter. Photo by Jeffry D. Scott
Homeless children in Nogales, Sonora, learn to read and write in a classroom at Mi Nueva Casa. Their teacher is Gloria Judith Rodriguez. Photo by Jeffry D. Scott
Alejandro Guzman, director of juvenile corrections in Nogales, Sonora, says his agency requires young delinquents to perform community service, such as painting tires for use in a park. Photo by Jeffry D. Scott
Grupo Beta members watch a suspected smuggler from within one of the tunnels that runs under the border between Nogales, Sonora, and Nogales, Arizona. Photo by Jeffry D. Scott
Ten-year-old Gerardo finds something to smile about at Mi Nueva Casa, a shelter for tunnel kids in Nogales, Sonora. Photo by Jeffry D. Scott
A Grupo Beta member looks at photos dropped by a would-be emigrant to the United States near the entrance to one of the tunnels in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Photo by Jeffry D. Scott
Grupo Beta members make their way through a curtain of water in the tunnels under the city of Nogales, Sonora. Photo by Jeffry D. Scott
A tunnel kid named Salvador, 14, visits Mi Nueva Casa to escape his harsh life underground. Photo by Jeffry D. Scott
Now the mother of two, Veronica says she wants to settle down, but misses the excitement of gang life in the tunnels. Photo by Jeffry D. Scott