Denise is a transgender woman from Trinidad who fled to the United States in 2004 after being brutally assaulted by homophobes and humiliated by the police. For years, she suffered from untreated post-traumatic stress disorder and has seen her health deteriorate, suffering four separate heart attacks. Denise first learned about Immigration Equality in 2011 when […]
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Mia Luna is a 27-year-old transgender woman who grew up in Mexico. She came to the US as a teenager after being raped multiple times by Mexican soldiers and being assaulted and robbed by community members who targeted her because of her transgender identity. Despite missing the one-year filing deadline for asylum applicants, Immigration Equality […]
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Richard is a 48-year-old man from Jamaica. He has experienced harassment and persecution from strangers, neighbors, classmates and family members who called him “fish or battyman” — the derogatory name for gay men used in Jamaica. He has victimized by homophobic police officers on multiple occasions and was even unlawfully jailed along with a group […]
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