ADDED ON: 10/08/2020

Gay Man Provides Help to LGBT Asylum Seekers in Mexico

10/07/2020 | South Florida Gay News

A gay man from Guatemala who has asked for asylum in the U.S. runs a project that helps LGBT asylum seekers in a Mexican border city. Estuardo Cifuentes arrived in Matamoros, which is across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, at the end of July 2019 and asked for asylum in the U.S. based on the persecution he said he suffered in Guatemala because of his sexual orientation. Cifuentes on Sept. 24 during a Zoom interview told the Washington Blade he spent a few days in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody before he was sent back to Matamoros under the Trump administration’s “return to Mexico” policy that forces asylum seekers to await the outcome of their cases in Mexico. “I went back to Matamoros without knowing anything, without knowing anything about the process,” said Cifuentes. Cifuentes told the Blade he met Gaby Zavala, co-founder of Resource Center Matamoros, a group that provides assistance to migrants who live in Matamoros soon after he returned to the Mexican border city.

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