AsylumConnect Week in Review 03/25/2019

In the final week of March, we take a look at some of the most influential news from the asylum seeking and LGBTQ community. On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch condemned Japan’s outdated and inhumane laws directed at transgender people. In response to the ‘remain in Mexico’ policy, asylum seekers pleaded to stay in the U.S. while awaiting the results of their case.

Immigrant detainees stage hunger strike at Adelanto facility

Roxana Kopetman- The San Bernardino Sun

“Immigrant detainees at the Adelanto Detention Facility, a privately run center that has been criticized for providing inadequate care, are staging a hunger strike to bring attention to conditions there.

Their demands: adequate medical care, an end to what they describe as abusive treatment, and access to edible, nutritious food.”

Asylum seekers returned from Mexico plead to stay in U.S.

Lizbeth Diaz & Jose Gallego Espina- Reuters

“Three asylum seekers due to be returned to Mexico after appearing in U.S. immigration court on Tuesday asked officials to let them stay in the United States because they feared for their safety while waiting out the process in Mexico.”

Cradling children, migrant families cross border in waves

Nomaan Merchant- The Associated Press

“ A mother cradled a crying toddler as she waited in line with 20 other women to shower. Dozens of fathers quietly held their children’s hands in an enclosure made of chain-link fencing.”

‘I Can’t Be Myself Here’: At the Border, Transgender Women Navigate 2 Worlds

Jose A. Del Real- The New York Times

“In the pictures, Jess Enriquez Taylor wears artful makeup and her hair is carefully styled. But her face was bare as she rode the bus toward the international border one recent afternoon, and her long black hair was tucked under a hat.”

Japan: Compelled Sterilization of Transgender People

Human Rights Watch

“Japan’s government should stop forcing transgender people to be surgically sterilized if they want legal recognition of their gender identity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Requiring a medical intervention as a condition of having their gender identity legally recognized violates Japan’s human rights obligations and runs counter to international medical standards.”