A woman who fled gang-related violence in El Salvador to seek political asylum in the United States prepares food in the kitchen of a shelter where she lives in San Antonio, Texas, on December 1, 2015. The woman, who asked not to be named, fled El Salvador after her son and daughter in law were murdered. She brought two grandchildren with her, but they were taken away by immigration officials upon arrival in the U.S. Since her release she has stayed in a shelter run by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) and supported by a coalition of San Antonio churches. While awaiting a decision on her request for asylum, she submitted to a DNA exam in order to prove her relation with one grandchild who remained in government care.