FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 18, 2021
Fernanda Durand (443) 396-3317 [email protected]
Nancy Treviño (786) 201-8958 [email protected]
CHICAGO – A group of 90 organizations in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the U.S. delivered a series of recommendations to the Biden Administration to address the causes of migration of LGBTQ+ people in the U.S.-Mexico-Central America corridor. This effort is the result of several exchanges during Pride Month led by Lila LGBTQ Inc., in Durham, North Carolina and Alianza Americas where groups analyzed the various social issues that force LGBTQ+ people to migrate from their countries of origin. The letter delivered to various U.S. embassies can be viewed here.
Here are some of the demands included in the letter:
- Expand pathways for regular migration and complementary measures that guarantee the full integration of migrants and asylum seekers and other complementary forms of protection. This should include job training, recognition of immigration procedures and documents, recognition of studies, and safe spaces for people in movement.
- Include within the causes of migration: all forms of violence -including gender violence-, discrimination, the economic model and the absence of formal employment -including job training-, corruption, impunity, climate change, and situations resulting in the weakening of political systems and the administration of justice.
- Emphasize the promotion of human rights and the strengthening of national human rights institutions (Ombudsmen, National Commissions, etc.).
“We know the pain and fear of migration first-hand, the fear of deportation and the anxiety that comes with irregular migration. We ask that LGBTQ+ communities be included in your agenda as you address the root causes of migration. Due to the history of human rights violations by armed forces from our home countries and what we have suffered, we are extremely concerned about the militarization of immigration enforcement. We respectfully recommend informing, training, and educating armed and security forces on matters of human rights on a more regular basis, including the importance of ethical, professional, and legal accountability. We call on you to consider the role we can play in the measures that your government will implement as well as in the distribution of funds in the region,” said Alex Cordova, Lila LGBTQ executive director.
This effort included the delivery of a letter of recommendations to U.S. embassies in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, by Colectivo Violeta and Kukulcan; in Mexico City, Mexico, by Casa La Banda and Casa Arcoiris; in Tijuana, Mexico, by Fundación Arcoiris; in Guatemala City, Guatemala, by Organización Trans Reinas de la Noche (OTRANS); and in San Salvador, El Salvador, by the ASPIDH Arcoiris Trans Association. Fundación San Francisco AIDS, an allied organization based in California, USA also joined the effort.
“The delivery of this letter is an act of raising our voice to demand and support our LGBTQ+ movement sisters and brothers at the regional level so that we can ensure our well-being. We call on the Biden administration to consider gender in all the aspects of its immigration and foreign policy and how LGBTQ+ people are being considered and cared for,” added Ernesto Alanis, from Casa La Banda.
For more information about the LGBTQ + Transnational Collective you can contact [email protected]
Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.
LILA is a North Carolina based non-profit organization committed to continuous outreach, education, advocacy, and empowerment for the Latinx LGBTQIA+ community