Earlier this year, we learned that one way we could directly resist the injustices in the immigration system was to offer to sponsor someone seeking asylum. After signing up to be sponsors, we were matched with Victoria, a 28-year-old asylum-seeker from Mexico. As a transgender woman, she faced violence and discrimination in Mexico, and came to the United States over the summer looking for a chance to have a better life. She is living with us indefinitely while she awaits permission to get a work permit and pursues her asylum claim in hopes of being able to stay in the United States.
Victoria's message, in Spanish and English:
Hola soy Victoria y quisiera agradecer a todas las personas que leen este tema de mi asilo politico. Soy una chica transgénero Mexicana, reclamando asilo político en Boston Massachusetts. Deseo vivir aquí y ejercer una profesión de estilismo de belleza y con el tiempo probablemente mas. Han sido dos meses desde que salí del centro de detención. Ahora estoy viviendo con Rebecca y Dan. Pero hasta que obtenga permiso para adquirir un trabajo, en este país no puedo trabajar sin castigos legales. Para poder independizarme y al comenzar mi vida aquí, solicito su apoyo para cubrir gastos necesarios. Por ejemplo, gastos de transporte, gastos medicos, y mas allá, gastos de la corte y abogado. Gracias a todos por su apoyo.
Hello I am Victoria and I thank everyone who is taking time to read about the topic of my political asylum. I am a transgender Mexican woman, seeking political asylum in Boston Massachusetts. I wish to live here and with my time here develop a profession in styling and gastronomy. It has been two months since my release from the Cibola County Detention Center, and now I am with Rebecca and Dan at their home. Until I receive legal permissions to work, I am unable to make my own way financially here. Your financial support will help cover important expenses, such as transportation costs, food, medical costs, and upcoming legal costs as I move forward with asylum process. Thank you all for your support.
Together, we can show Victoria and others in a similar situation that there is a welcoming community here for those in need of support. When people fleeing persecution ask for asylum at United States border, they are often detained under prison-like conditions either until they have a sponsor or until their asylum process is complete, which can take many months or even years. We are looking for support from our friends, family, and community to help Victoria during this process. Any funds raised will go towards supporting Victoria's living expenses and helping her start her life in this country. If you'd like to contribute in other ways, please also feel free to reach out to us directly.