10/02/2013 11:10 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Detention Centers Prep For Safer Transgender Housing


NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--Sarah Vidal, an attorney at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, is representing a 29-year-old transgender woman from Honduras who has been housed since February at the all-male Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, Texas.

Her client, like a number of other detainees, is seeking asylum. In her case it's because of her gender identity. If she were to go back to Honduras she worries what would happen to her as a transgender woman. A judge initially denied her case and it is now before the Board of Immigration Appeals.

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