Undocumented LGBT immigrants are doubly discriminated against in the United States, often facing job insecurity, low wages, and lack of access to healthcare. Immigration procedures and processes for asylum also remain unfair and unclear.
Kirsten Cowal has worked on issues related to social inclusion in Latin America for the last 14 years. As a program officer for the Tinker Foundation, she developed funding initiatives to increase access to justice, enhance judicial independence and transparency, and improve security conditions in the region. She is currently writing about LGBT issues in Latin America and fundraising for a legal advocacy organization for LGBT asylum seekers in the United States.
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