Jardín De Las Mariposas is a shelter and rehabilitation center for LGBTQIA+ individuals, located in Tijuana, just two miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. It was founded by Yolanda Rocha and her son Jaime Marin in 2014, and it is the only shelter in Tijuana that accepts trans and queer migrants.
Says Jaime: “Jardín de las Mariposas is a sanctuary shelter for our brothers and sisters in Central America who are fleeing for their countries, afraid for their lives. We started as a rehab center for the LGBT community, but since the need [for LGBT services] is so big in Tijuana, we had to expand our services.” These services include assistance with the political asylum process, job searching, and acting as a homeless shelter.
El Jardín recently had to relocate after their residents suffered violent transphobic attacks at their previous location. The new facility is a beautifully-renovated two-story house that currently houses 25 trans and queer residents. Unfortunately, their safety has once again been jeopardized as a group of neighbors have made death threats and have demanded that they leave the neighborhood.
With no support of any kind from local authorities or the Mexican government, the services provided by el Jardín are purely donation-based and volunteer-based. We have created this Go Fund Me campaign for Jaime and Yolanda, as they do not have a computer at el Jardín and their internet access is very limited.
They urgently need funds for the following:
- Water bill (as of today, they have no running water)
- Installation of a security camera system
- Desktop computer
- Other monthly utilities (electric, gas and phone/internet)
- Cleaning supplies
This Go Fund Me campaign is directly linked to el Jardín's bank account. Your donations will be put to action immediately.
They are in the process of launching a website. For the time being, you can learn more about Jardín De Las Mariposas from their Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/Jardin-De-Las-Mariposas-986203511414045/
You can also read the following articles on el Jardín:
Please donate what you can, and please share! It is up to all of us to help save the lives of trans and queer migrants.