Witnessing Justice: Transgender Woman Granted Asylum in Baltimore by FOBR Liz Keyes

Wonderful blog post featuring former Immigrant Justice Practitioner in Residence, Liz Keyes. Liz now directs the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Kudos to Liz and her students!

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This is a guest post by FOBR Liz Keyes, who direct the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of Baltimore.

Today was a beautiful day in Baltimore immigration court. A young woman from Honduras, born male but always feeling female inside, won asylum after suffering relentless torment from her earliest days until she fled at age 17. Everyone she ever knew in Honduras treated her with cruelty, from the teachers who brutally punished her, to the classmates hurling slurs, to her father who beat her viciously, and her sister who attacked with her with a machete when she saw our client wearing girl’s clothes. The brutality escalated the older she got, and after being attacked with knives and a gun by homophobic gang members, she finally fled, deeply traumatized by her experience. She knew nothing of asylum in the United States, and did not apply within one year…

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