Love has no labels
Love has no boundaries
Always Be Kind
I was born in Guatemala and my parents separated when I was very young. It was a difficult situation for our family, but my mother made things work. Tragically, at the age of five, an uncle raped me. My innocence was taken from me. I was just a child. Every day, I carry the trauma with me. Fast-forward six years; at the age of eleven, I am without a mother. She was killed on her way to work. There I was – no mother, no family and all alone. I am traumatized and afraid.When I was sixteen, my situation grew worse. As I was walking home, two men accosted me and placed a rag over my mouth. When I woke, I was alone in a hotel room and unclothed. I then realized that I had been kidnapped, drugged and brutally raped. Why can’t I just be left to live my life in peace?
Peace, I definitely need. Since I was very young, I knew that I was a girl. I wasn’t born a girl, but deep down inside I just knew that I was. I am transgender and because of it, I have been persecuted. That is why I decided to leave my country and head for the United States. I had no choice. My mother was gone, my family didn’t accept me, and the Guatemalan police turned their back on me. My journey has begun.
I left Guatemala in August of 2019 and arrived in Mexico where I worked and stayed for six months. I finally decided it was time to cross into the United States. I was successful and taken by Border Patrol. I was processed and sent to Casa Padre, in Port Isabel, Texas. The three months that I spent there I was treated exceptionally well. I was treated with respect and all my basic needs were met. Above all, I suffered no discrimination. I was accepted – a feeling so foreign to me.
I arrived at La Posada Providencia to continue my journey. I was received with open arms and most importantly, no judgment. They assisted me with everything that I needed. I am continuing my journey to my final resettlement location – Los Angeles. La Posada showed me that love has no boundaries.
Pontifex. (2013, June 06). Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven [Tweet from Pope Francis].