The Boston Globe published a story today about a Salvadoran woman who sought asylum in the US based on her sexual orientation. Here is an excerpt:
In all asylum cases, applicants must show they have a well-founded fear of persecution in their homelands. Applicants can seek asylum in different ways: They can apply to Citizenship and Immigration Services, and they can appeal the decisions in court; or, if they are facing deportation, they can appeal to a judge directly in court.
Asylum does not guarantee citizenship, and asylum status can be revoked if conditions improve in their homelands or if they commit certain crimes.
For Berganza, a 40-year-old floor installer, the fear came early in El Salvador.
In her hometown, crowds frequently taunted and threw garbage at a boy they thought was gay. One girl had no friends because people believed she was a lesbian. One of Berganza's aunts received death threats because people thought she was a lesbian.
You can read my earlier posts about gay and lesbian issues in El Salvador at this link.