Enrique’s Journey

Enrique’s Journey Characters

Sonia Nazario

The author of Enrique’s Journey, she learns (to her shock) that her housekeeper Carmen had left children behind when she came to the United States to work. This leads Nazario, herself a daughter of… (read full character analysis)

Enrique

Enrique is the protagonist of this non-fiction story. He makes the odyssey from Honduras to find his mother in the United States. Growing up, Enrique is quiet and becomes moody as an adolescent--a result of… (read full character analysis)

Lourdes

Lourdes is Enrique, Belky, and Diana's mother. Leaving her children in Honduras is an extremely difficult decision for her, but she does so in order to support them by sending back money. When… (read full character analysis)

Maria Isabel

Maria Isabel is Enrique's girlfriend and the mother of their daughter, Jasmin. She loves Enrique and is devastated when he decides to leave in search of his mother. When she gives birth to Jasmin… (read full character analysis)
Minor Characters
Jasmin
Enrique and Maria Isabel's daughter. For her sake, Maria Isabel decides to leave Honduras and join Enrique in the U.S..
El Tiríndaro
Enrique's protector in Nuevo Laredo and smuggler across the Rio Grande. His network enables Enrique to safely enter the U.S. and find his mother.
Belky
Belky is Enrique's older sister. Left by her mother when she was already an adolescent, she struggles to understand her abandonment. She focuses on school and does not attempt to find her mother alone, as Enrique does.
Luis
Luis, Enrique's father, takes Enrique in after his grandmother kicks him out of the house. Unfortunately, their attachment is short-lived. Luis finds another woman and leaves Enrique to start a new family.
Maria Marcos
Enrique's paternal grandmother, Maria, who raises Enrique. However, she kicks him out when he becomes an angry and rebellious adolescent.
Marco
Lourdes' brother becomes a sort of father figure to Enrique. Sadly, he is killed by bandits when he is working as a money changer.
Mirian
Lourdes' sister, who leaves her children behind in Honduras and comes to live with Lourdes.
Diana
Diana is Lourdes' youngest daughter, who is born in the United States.
Santos
Lourdes' first boyfriend in the U.S. is Santos. He is the father of her child Diana, but is not around to raise her. He has a severe drinking problem, and eventually abandons Lourdes and returns to Honduras.
Rosa Amalia
Enrique's aunt, from whom he steals a piece of jewelry to pay a debt to his drug dealer.
Ana Lucia
Another of Enrique's aunts, whom he kicks. His bad behavior results in him being kicked off the family property.
Gomez
The field hand who helps Enrique when he is wounded in Oaxaca.
Olga
The leader of the Shelter of Jesus the Good Shepherd in Tapachula.
Eva
Maria Isabel’s mother, who cares for Jasmin after Maria leaves Honduras to join Enrique in the United States.
Pedro Leo
A priest and advocate for migrants in Nuevo Laredo.
Jose
Enrique's friend, who joins him on his first, failed attempt to go north.
Carmen
Nazario's housekeeper, Carmen, inspires her to write a story about immigrant mothers and their children.
Minor
Carmen's son, who comes to the U.S., unannounced, to find his mother and learn if she still loves him.
Man from Veracruz
A man whom Nazario interviews about the Mexican government’s treatment of migrants from Central America traveling through Mexico.
Maria Enriqueta Reyes Marquez
A woman whom Nazario interviews about the Mexican government’s treatment of migrants from Central America traveling through Mexico.
Brick maker
A brick maker in Mexico City who gives Enrique a job, food, clothing, and instructions for the best way to get to the border with the United States while avoiding immigration officials.
Trucker
A trucker who picks up Enrique as he hitchhikes the last part of his journey in Mexico, to Nuevo Laredo. The trucker tells immigration officials that Enrique is his assistant, allowing Enrique to pass through checkpoints.
Agueda
Enrique>/span>'s maternal grandmother, Lourdes's mother. Enrique lives with her for a while in Honduras but as he becomes addicted to drugs she has him live in a hut behind her house.