El Salvador is not a “safe country” for the LGBTI community

By Larry Ladutke, New Jersey Legislative Coordinator & El Salvador Country Specialist

This year, the U.S. government tried to deport transgender activist Alejandra Barrera to El Salvador, and could try again as she pursues her asylum claim. Yet in just the past month, the murders of three transgender women clearly demonstrate that El Salvador is not safe for members of the LGBTI community.

Repeated physical attacks and sexual assaults by both gang members and soldiers forced Alejandra to flee El Salvador…