Grisel was born in 2008 and lives in Batey Lechería in the Dominican Republic. Batey is the Haitian word for village. The older generations in Batey Lechería are Haitian.
Their living situation is unique because Batey Lechería is a predominately Haitian village but Grisel and her family are Dominicans. There is much racial tension between the Haitian population and the Dominican population.
Grisel lives with both parents and her brother. Her brother Dahian, who is four years old, was born with major structural intestinal issues. Both of Grisel's parents work. Her dad works as an upholsterer and her mother works in a cafeteria. However, their combined income is not enough to sustain the family, especially due to her brother's specialized medical treatment. In addition to his regular treatments, her brother is also in need of surgery, for which they are trying to save. The family lives in a very humble home made of wood.
Grisel attends public school and is in 4th grade. Her favorite subject is mathematics and her favorite color is pink. Gisel likes to play soccer and play with dolls. She would like to become a teacher.