FOR TRANS MIGRANTS FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES, THE VIOLENCE CONTINUES AT OUR BORDER

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03/29/2024

A few months ago in Tijuana, Mexico, our Director of Research and Analysis for Refugee Protection Christina Asenico met two couples from Russia – three of the four individuals identified as transgender men. In Russia they were targeted and persecuted for their identities. They watched as friends were arrested for their sexual orientation or gender identity and wondered if they would be next. Christina met them on the Mexican side of the border as they waited for a chance to apply for asylum in the United States. At any given time you will find hundreds of people waiting in makeshift camps and crowded shelters to receive a coveted Customs and Border Protection (CBP) One appointment, where they can be finally processed into the United States and may make a claim to asylum.

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