SJ Fernandez (G’ 20) for the Quixote Center: “Lino: Journey to Hope”

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Conflict Resolution alumna SJ Fernandez writes a story of immigration and intersectionality as part of her 2020 Summer Field Fellowship.

SJ writes, “Those seeking to immigrate to the United States do not take the decision lightly. The journey is too often mired in trauma brought on by discrimination and exploitation, and too many of their stories go unheard. Asylum seeker Lino, whom I recently interviewed, was not an exception to this rule. We explore his background as well as his migration story, both linked to an emerging understanding of himself as a lesbian in his childhood, followed by later embracing his identity as a trans man.”