Mia Luna is a 27-year-old transgender woman who grew up in Mexico. She came to the US as a teenager after being raped multiple times by Mexican soldiers and being assaulted and robbed by community members who targeted her because of her transgender identity.
Despite missing the one-year filing deadline for asylum applicants, Immigration Equality was able to represent Mia Luna on the grounds that she began her transition in the United States. Now that she has been granted asylum, Mia Luna no longer has to live in limbo, uncertain of whether she will be able to remain in the country she has established as her home. She is now an advocate for the transgender community.