The TransLatin@ Coalition recently released a new report titled “TransVisible: Transgender Latina Immigrants in U.S. Society,” which is based on the Coalition’s survey of 101 transgender Latina immigrants around the country. The report summarizes the results of the survey, highlights the challenges that trans Latina immigrants face, and makes recommendations for changes in laws, policies, programs, and attitudes.
The report revealed that challenges related to ID documents, education, employment, health care services, and interpersonal/structural violence have profound impacts on the lives of transgender Latina immigrants.
Although 99% of survey participants said they had better opportunities in the US than in their country of origin, the survey showed that they still face horrendous levels of discrimination in the US because of their gender identity. The statistics on their experiences in the US are bleak. Nearly 80% of respondents expressed moderate or extreme difficulty in obtaining documentation that reflected their names and gender identities. Only half reported being employed, and only nine percent stated that they were medically insured through their employment. And about 70% said they knew another transgender Latina immigrant who had been murdered.