M.G. is a transgender woman from Mexico who came to the U.S. in 2002. She fled threats from gang members and violence from police. Unfortunately, due to the severe trauma she suffered from her past, she found herself in vulnerable positions even in this country which made it difficult or impossible for her to apply for asylum for over 15 years. She eventually moved to San Francisco, where found support in the form of therapy, support groups, and supervised medical treatment to advance her transition, as well as being put in touch with legal guidance for asylum.
Unfortunately, M.G.’s mother, with whom she was close, passed away while her asylum claim was pending. Because M.G. feared for her life just visiting Mexico, and even more so if a visit meant not being able to return to the U.S. and facing permanently return to Mexico, she made the difficult decision that it was not safe for her to attend her mother’s funeral. With NCLR’s assistance, M.G. completed her asylum application and was granted asylum in early 2019.