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Transgender Woman Attacked as Salvadoran Police Refused to Help  

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet Adriana, Survivor from El Salvador Adriana grew up in Central America, a region which has one of the highest murder rates in the world due to endemic gang violence, but it is lesser known that it has the highest rates of LGBT violence in the world as well. Hate crimes against transgender individuals have continued to rise within a culture of absolute impunity for perpetrators, and deep-seated prejudices towards victims; which is exacerbated by a penal system that does not recognize crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity. “For many reasons I was forced to...

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This Gentle Baker Fought to End Corruption and Voter Intimidation

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet Kachig, Survivor from Armenia Kachig is known around the office at PTV, not only for his gentle kindness, but also because every Monday, he brings in a new delicious dessert for everyone to try. Back in his home country of Armenia, he was not only a successful and creative baker, but he was also an activist who courageously stood up to political corruption. He fought for the freedom of assembly and the right to vote for whomever you choose, a pinnacle of American democracy, of which he deeply desired to have instilled in his own country. Violence and coercion at polling stations have...

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Transgender Reality is Far From The Glamous Spotlight

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Survivor Stories

  When the Olympian and reality TV star formerly known as Bruce Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair in June under the new identity of Caitlyn, it may have seemed that the world was opening the door toward a greater public acceptance and understanding of what it means to be transgender. However, for many transgender people, particularly those in countries with conservative social cultures, the reality of their experiences is far from the glamour of an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot. Los Angeles has the largest population of asylum seekers and refugees in the United States, including...

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She Fell Victim To A Common Custom In Her Country: Bride-Kidnapping

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet Ayana, Gender Violence Survivor From Kyrgyzstan Ayana was determined not to become one of 40% of ethnic Kyrgyz women married after being kidnapped by the men who become their husbands. In some towns and villages, when a Kyrgyz man decides to marry, he often violently abducts the woman he has chosen. Anaya was a high school student who attended boarding school outside of her home town. She returned for the holidays and fell victim to a common custom in her country, namely the kidnapping of women who are then forced to marry. “Kyrgyzstan woman have no right to protest, they have no...

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22 Year-Old Engineering Student Was Abducted By The Belarus Secret Police

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet Sergei, Torture Survivor from Belarus Sergei’s mother received a phone call after her son visited the prosecutor’s office in Minsk to file a complaint outlining his detention and torture by the Belarus secret police. The anonymous caller told her that her son would die unless he withdrew his complaint. You see, just a month earlier, Sergei, a bright 22 year-old engineering student was abducted by the Belarus secret police at a peaceful rally to protest tyranny and corruption in his country. He helped organize a social media campaign that gathered more than 2000 people in the...

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TEACHERS FORCED TO ABANDON SCHOOL AND ORPHANAGE

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet The Kato’s, Survivors From Uganda My name is Paul Kyambadde Kato. My wife and I are Ugandan and a teachers by profession. I grew up in an era of war, from the infamous Idi Amin regime to the current regime. Over the years millions of people in Uganda have been hurt, tortured, and killed by the government, and today innocent civilians are still being killed and tortured. My wife Harriet and I ran a school and orphanage. We built it together. We taught 400 students together. We had to leave them behind. I cannot forget the children I used to help, and I think always of the...

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