The Department of Justice is hoping to restructure the U.S. asylum system to bar anyone who enters the country illegally from applying for asylum, news that Vox broke recently. The proposed changes would likely prevent most people from Central America from winning asylum in the U.S. The DOJ’s changes to the asylum system, as currently described, would prove catastrophic for persecuted LGBTQ Central Americans. Central America remains dangerous for many LGBTQ people. According to a 2017 Amnesty International report, attacks on LGBTQ people are rampant in the Northern Triangle of Central America — Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The report confirms 264 murders of LGBTQ people in Honduras between 2009 and July 2017. During February 2017, three trans women were murdered within a mere 72-hour period. A fourth trans woman was brutally attacked only days later. The nongovernmental organization Transgender Europe has reported that 40 trans people were murdered in Guatemala during 2016.
July 9 / The Advocate