M.C. Sungaila in Daily Journal: Transgender Women Who Fear Death in Mexico Granted Relief by 9th Circuit


In a major advance for transgender rights in immigration law, a federal appellate panel on Thursday granted relief to three transgender Mexican women who fear death if deported.

Three separate opinions by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel detailed brutal violence suffered by the women in Mexico and faulted the Obama administration's immigration authorities for failing to grasp the nuanced difference between gender identity and sexual orientation.

The women qualify for relief under the international human rights treaty known as the Convention Against Torture, the panel ruled.

"This is the first [immigration] case to recognize the difference between transgenders and gays," said M.C. Sungaila, an appellate practitioner at Haynes & Boone LLP, who argued for one of the successful petitioners.

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