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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Raul

STATUS: Victory, Peru

Originally from Peru, Raul is a transgender man who, from a very early age, knew that he was in the wrong body. As a child, he woke up every morning waiting for his body to change from female to male. His family had a difficult time adjusting to their child’s gender identity and expression. In school, he endured verbal and physical attacks, isolation, and harassment on a daily basis. Raul sought refuge in the United States where his relatives resided. His search for legal help went on for nine months and he was ready to give up when he found NCLR. Raul made his way to San Francisco where he proceeded to file for asylum. NCLR, with the assistance of pro bono attorney Cara Jobson at Ark, Wiley and Jobson, filed his application in February 2007. Raul was granted asylum in July 2007.

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Martin

STATUS: Aslyum Granted, Mexico

Martin is an HIV-positive gay man from Mexico. Martin felt ‘different’ from other boys from a very young age. His father would punish him harshly for “not acting like a boy.” Upon finding out about his son’s homosexuality, Martin’s father beat him, verbally abused him and then kicked him out of the house with no belongings. He was 15 years old. Since then he has had no contact with his family. He moved in with a friend and started working at the age of 16. For three years, he tried his best to survive in a world that was hostile towards him because of his homosexuality.

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Luis

STATUS: Victory, Mexico

Luis, a 24-year-old gay man from Mexico, suffered years of discrimination, harassment, ostracism, and exclusion from school, sports, his family, and peers because of his sexual orientation. Rather than protect him, police officers in Mexico physically assaulted Luis on numerous occasions.

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Monica

STATUS: Victory, Colombia

Monica, a native and citizen of Colombia, came to the United States under a student visa. While in the United States, Monica came out as a lesbian. As a student Monica flourished in the arts, especially film making. She became an activist in the LGBT, immigration, and women’s rights movements. Her films have been screened throughout the United States and internationally, winning her awards of recognition. Since her coming out and artistic expressions of activism, Monica fears returning to Colombia where homosexuality is seen as a sin and gay people have to live in hiding. With NCLR as her counsel, Monica was granted asylum on June 13, 2006.

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Transgender Law

Case: In re Marriage of S.

STATUS: Loss, Illinois

NCLR assisted a transgender man, S., whose ex-wife petitioned to have their marriage declared void and to terminate S.’s parental rights

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Mariella & Edit

STATUS: Victory, Peru

NCLR assisted a transgender woman, Mariella, and her wife Edit obtain asylum after they were attacked in their native Lima, Peru and government authorities refused to prosecute their attackers

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Irma

STATUS: Victory, Mexico

Irma is a monolingual Spanish-speaking Mexican transgender woman who has suffered a lifetime of loss, violence, and abuse. It wasn’t until 2005, when she moved to San Francisco, that she sought help. In January 2006, she began to receive services from the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center (MNRC) and it was there that she was referred to NCLR for assistance with her immigration status. With the pro bono representation of the Transgender Law Center’s Executive Director, Chris Daley, Irma’s asylum application was submitted on August 2006. Irma was granted asylum in August 2007.

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Dina

STATUS: Victory, El Salvador

Dina, a native and citizen of El Salvador, knew at a young age that she was a lesbian. She was rejected by her mother who constantly threatened to expose her sexual orientation to friends, coworkers, and employers. Living under this constant threat of exposure, Dina was pressured to marry a man. Her husband, a police officer, knew she was gay and used her sexual orientation to control her and her children. For years, he physically abused and raped her, causing near death experiences and prolonged hospital recoveries. Dina and her children escaped El Salvador in 2003. Since their arrival in the United States, the family has found refuge at various churches and domestic violence shelters. With NCLR as her counsel, Dina and her two children were granted asylum on November 23, 2005.

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re Armando

STATUS: Victory, Mexico

In Mexico, Armando endured harassment, threats, violence, extortion, and robbery at the hands of a police officer and his friends. In February 2005, he came to San Francisco. Through the help of a former client of NCLR, he contacted us and we immediately approached the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights to locate a pro bono attorney for him. With the help of Angela Bortel at Kerosky & Associates, his asylum application was filed in January 2006. Armando successfully obtained asylum in June 2007 and he is currently attending San Francisco City College.

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Asylum & Immigration

Case: In re A.C.

STATUS: Asylum Granted, Honduras

A.C. is a prominent lesbian activist for LGBT rights and women’s rights in Honduras. A paramilitary gang of masked, armed men attacked A.C. in her home in Honduras and sexually assaulted her while making derogatory comments about her sexual orientation.

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