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Source:  The Atlantic

“I decided to come to the U.S. to save my life,” says Luz, a transgender woman from Honduras, in Sylvia Johnson’s short documentary “Luz’s Story.”

Luz entered the United States via an official port of entry and asked for protection through political asylum.  She was promptly imprisoned.

Since early 2018, New Mexico’s Cibola County Correctional Center has incarcerated more than 180 women in its “transgender pod”—the only known ICE-run detention facility for transgender-identifying women.

Johnson, who works part-time at the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, told The Atlantic that the women in the trans pod face extraordinary hardships and obstacles to winning their cases.

“While in custody, they face a shocking lack of medical and mental-health services,” she said. “They are put in abusive solitary confinement, they experience high levels of sexual assault, and they face discrimination from the government and the corporation that detains them.”

Johnson cited the deaths of Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez in 2018 and Johana Medina Leon this year as grave evidence of ICE’s inability to detain trans women safely.

Watch “Luz’s Story” above and read the story at The Atlantic.

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