Queer Asylum Seekers — Detained
The humanitarian crisis at the United State’s southern border disproportionately harms LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, though their stories are rarely told. This feature report for Condé Nast’s them. chronicles the plight of the thousands of queer people who come to the United States each year, fleeing hate crimes and discrimination in their home countries. Once they reach America, they face the trauma of immediate detention, incarcerated indefinitely by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Conditions have markedly worsened under the Trump administration, where detainees face everything from sexual assault to death in ICE custody.