THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATE: See below.] There is no question that trans people in many countries around the world face violence, torture and death — even from the police. In my opinion, requests for asylum to live in a more civilized country should be automatic — especially if they face death upon deportation back to their homeland. Such is the story of transgender Guatemalan woman Fernandina Milan who is now in Denmark hoping her asylum application is approved.
Milan left Guatemala after a police officer held a gun to her head threatening to kill her if she didn’t stop her advocacy work. While it is not clear how she ended up in Denmark, but the organization LGBT-Denmark is providing the Danish asylum panel with evidence of the circumstances in Guatemala. Milan says she fears torture and death if she was to return.
This is pretty much all we know. A search for more English-language information on this story came up with nothing. Here’s hoping the panel makes the right decision.
Sadly though, Milan isn’t the only trans person in Guatemala. Likely there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, who will have to continue to live under the dire circumstances there as Milan described — some to be tortured and killed. The big transgender story isn’t the one going on in Denmark, but rather, the ones occurring in backward countries around the world.
UPDATE: Sept. 21, 2012 – I found a Facebook page about Milan (thanks to Johanna Marseille): https://www.facebook.com/savefernandamilan.fernanda.1
UPDATE: Sept. 25, 2012 -Danish asylum panel to reopen Milan case: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/asylum-panel-in-denmark-apparently-reopens-trans-woman-seeking-refugee-case/
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