LGBTQ migrants face ‘triple vulnerability’ as a group in Mexico aims to help them

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06/19/2024

Dayling Ramírez says that each day that passes is a challenge to overcome because, despite having survived the persecution of the Mara Salvatrucha gang and the abuses in an immigration station in Mexico, Ramírez hasn’t yet fully integrated into the country’s society. “We trans people have a hard time getting hired, it’s horrible. Here you survive if you are a stylist or if you are a prostitute, otherwise not. They don’t give you work,” said Ramírez, a 36-year-old Honduran trans woman who lives in Mexico City. Mexico has become one of the largest migratory corridors in the world. In fiscal year 2023, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded 2,045,838 encounters on the U.S. border with Mexico. So far in 2024, the figure already stands at 1,160,805. In the midst of this vast flow of migrants, the LGBTQ community is increasingly present in Mexican territory.

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