Since October, an estimated 300 trans migrants have been detained by U.S. immigration authorities along the southern border, the most since official reporting began in 2015. But the perilous journey from Central and South America, only to end up in American detention, is worth the risk for many: Violence, including murder, stalks them at home. Yet as of July 1, OZY reports, only 145 remained, their claims rejected or withdrawn — via English-only paperwork, some say.
Where can they turn? The U.N.’s high commissioner for refugees has cited violence against trans people as a migration factor, but that’s spurred little help for victims.