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March is Women’s History Month, a month to honor and celebrate the lives and contributions of women that are part of the essential fabric of our nation’s history.

Today, we honor a woman at the forefront of the LGBT immigrant rights movement. Lorena Borjas is a Mexican transgender activist and an extraordinary grassroots advocate for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants. Working to connect transgender Latinas to immigration, legal, health, and gender-affirming services in New York City, she has become a well-known and widely respected advocate for her community.

Last October, Immigration Equality presented Lorena with the Shooting Star Award for her tireless work helping LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers find a safe place to call home in the US. Lorena has referred over 100 clients to Immigration Equality. Through the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, which she started in 2012 to provide financial assistance to those in crisis, she has raised over $20,000 in bond money to secure clients’ release from unsafe detention centers.

After decades of activism, Lorena has vowed to continue fighting for justice for the LGBT immigrant community. Immigration Equality is proud to fight alongside this powerful woman.