When Vanessa talks about home, she doesn't mean San Miguel.
Vanessa isn't from here. The town, just a few hours from El Salvador's capital, is only the latest stop on the 17-year-old's desperate flight from criminal gangs, known as maras.
"They would often come to our home looking for us," says Vanessa, who, like all the people in this story, is referred to here by her middle name for safety reasons.
She says that a few years back, maras targeted her 15-year-old cousin the same way.