***UpDate! Uncommon Scents is reporting an 11th hour appeal has stayed her deportation, for now.
At 22 Fernanda has made some powerful enemies. Adversaries in her country who have beaten her in the past, and now that she revealed to world the fate that awaits her in Guatemala they will stop at nothing to silence her, if she is forced to return.
What has made these people act so violently towards Fernanda? She is transgender and an activist.
Liberal Conspiracy contributor Natacha Kennedy writes : “It has been estimated that the average life expectancy of a transgender person in Guatemala is 25, and there are, quite simply, no trans people there at all over 35. Trans people are excluded from society and have no access to education or employment, most being forced into sex work to survive, where they become easy targets for extra-judicial killings.”
“The problem for Fernanda is that Denmark, the UK and Ireland opted out of an EU agreement to include persecution on the grounds of gender identity as a criterion for asylum.
Despite the best efforts to date by ILGA-Europe
Denmark will not allow her asylum leaving one option. Protest.
Save Fernanda Milan Demonstration outside the Royal Danish Embassy,55 Sloane Street,London SW1X 9SR.Monday 10 September 5.30 – 8.00pm .The Facebook demo page