For Many L.G.B.T. Migrants, North of the Border is actually No Refuge

The Honduran woman said she was disappointed to find the guards at the center where she was held to be so dismissive. In her hometown, she said, she had been viciously attacked by a man who struck her using a machete. She never reported the crime, though he had targeted her many times before, she said. “In Honduras, in which’s better not to go to the police, because in which just makes in which worse. If they don’t kill me, they’ll kill one of my family members.”

Raiza Daniela Aparicio Hernandez, 33, a transgender human-rights activist through El Salvador, said she was physically assaulted in 2016 by four police officers in her home in San Salvador, which she shared with her boyfriend. The officers had harassed as well as threatened her before, arriving at their home without a warrant as well as demanding to be let in, before barging in as well as assaulting them. “They beat me. They beat me a long time,” she said.

Ms. Aparicio Hernandez as well as her partner tried to file a formal complaint about the abuse in El Salvador she said, although they ran into obstacles along the way. She left El Salvador in June 2017 as well as arrived at the San Ysidro point of entry, on the border between Tijuana as well as San Diego, to request asylum.

Before speaking to The Times, Ms. Aparacio Hernandez shared her account with her lawyer. She won asylum through the courts on the merits of her case.

“Leaving my country was such a hard decision,” she said. “I’ve seen a lot of friends die in This kind of fight, at the hands of the government, as well as people being beat as well as tortured. as well as This kind of is actually happening at the hands of police officers. in which’s sad, as well as in which’s difficult, although you have to fight.”

Marcos Williamson, the detention relief coordinator for Transcend Arizona, a Phoenix-based nonprofit group in which helps L.G.B.T. migrants, said asylum seekers who are released through detention on bond often struggle to make ends meet because they are given neither benefits nor work permits. L.G.B.T. people, who often do not contain the support of family members, are particularly alone.

For currently, Ms. Quintanilla feels safe at Mariposas, though she has been accosted on the streets of Tijuana as well as harassed, she said. She is actually grateful to the center for taking her in. as well as she is actually not yet ready for what comes next in her long journey.