Cases & Advocacy


Status: Closed

Outcome: Victory

Location: Mexico

Jurisdiction + Case Number: San Francisco Asylum Office

Jen (not her actual name) is a transgender woman from Mexico. From a young age, she faced physical and sexual violence from those around her, including her family, who targeted her because of her feminine behavior. As an adult, she continued to face violence from others, including multiple interactions with abusive police officers. On one occasion, a police officer threatened her with a gun, and sexually assaulted her and another transgender woman, who was her friend. Right before she left Mexico permanently, she was attacked by a gang of men who beat her and left her with injuries that she has to this day. When she reported this attack to the police, they refused to take a report and implied that she was a prostitute. She realized that remaining in Mexico was not safe for her, and fled to the U.S. NCLR assisted her in getting asylum, which was granted in June 2018.