Documentary “Crossing Over” to explore plight of undocumented transgender immigrants

Undocumented trans immigrants often resort to the sex trade to survive in America. (Scene from "Crossing Over")

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Profiling three sexually and physically abused trans women fleeing Mexico to escape assault from family and community members over being transgender, the documentary “Crossing Over” hopes to show mainstream audiences the reason transgender people immigrate to America and the troubles they face after arriving.

Francis Murillo, Brenda Gonzalez, and Abigail Madariaga are the woman profiled. The director, Isabel Castro of Darien, Conn., say changes are needed in the immigration process to help trans people because of the ‘double whammy’ of being trans and an undocumented immigrant.  As a result, many resort to the sex trade to survive.

My research shows the director has filmed only some of the footage, and since they are still in the fundraising stage, there is a chance this film may never get done, as fundraising is by far the most difficult part of filmmaking. I’m hoping the director can pull it off and get the film made!

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