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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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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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After Her Incarceration and Rape, She Fled For Her Safety

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet Tasha, LGBT Survivor from Russia The local Russian police followed her everywhere she went. Not to protect her from further violence, but to intimidate and silence her. Tasha knew she was different by age 16 but kept it hidden like most gay and lesbian individuals in Russia. When she was 22, emboldened by the gay rights movement she saw on the internet, she helped organize a gay rights group in her hometown of Dubna, about 2 hours north of Moscow. But in 2013, Russia enacted new anti-gay laws criminalizing gay rights organizing or publishing of written material supporting gay...

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