“What happened to me here in America by DHS, I would say… the most traumatic experience. I came here to ask to… beg you for my safety, and when you put me jail when I didn’t do anything haven’t committed any crime, you don’t expect that.”
More than 76 countries around the world criminalize people for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, or LGBT. In some countries, LGBT people are even sentenced to death. But when LGBT immigrants try to escape this persecution by coming to the United States, many suffer a new trauma in Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, detention. DHS can release LGBT immigrants under community supervision, but nearly 70 percent of the time, the agency elects to keep them detained.