My name is Jessica Herrera. I am a trans girl, living in Caracas, Venezuela. My parents recently left the country, and I was forced to look for a room of my own. After being rejected from 7-10 rooms due to my gender identity, I held onto the first landlords who seemed supportive, inclusive and accepting. However, when I got there, they showed their true face. They locked me out of the room that I'd already paid for (and even denied in front of the cops that I had paid them at all), kept my money, and robbed my belongings, only returning a handful of them. They stole an important part of my cash savings, which I was planning to use to emigrate to Uruguay. They left me scrambling to find a place and with hardly anything to go off of, even stealing my groceries. Not happy with that, they also outed me as transgender to my parents, and called me slurs, among which there was "damn transsexual f*****". We have initiated legal process against them, but we do not know how it is going to end.
I am opening, or reopening, this fundraise to see if I can recover the money that was lost and complete my savings, so that I can leave this country and move to one that is actually safe (or safer) for trans people. Venezuela is a deeply transphobic country, with no legal recognition of gender identity, and no actual protections for trans people (we have a generic law against discrimination that isn't really enforced, or very badly enforced, cause the people in the system are still very prejudiced). Trans healthcare is almost non-existent, and when found can be very expensive and of difficult access. Emigrating to Uruguay wouldn't only help me to be safer, and escape the political and economical crisis that sinks the country. It would also mean that I will be able to transition, since trans-related healthcare is free there and covered by public health. So this is not just a fund for migrating, but also for transitioning, since one thing implies the other.
I need 2400-2500$ to go to Uruguay and be able to survive the first months while I settle there, put my papers in order, and look for a job. I have, between what was left of my savings and a bit of money that I have been able to gather through donations, 1400$. I only need 1000$ more in order for this to be a real thing. This means a lot to me. If you can contribute, even with the tiniest of donations, you could help me change my life for the better.
Thank you all. And take care.
P.S. I couldn't leave the country with my parents since they aren't a safe space (they are fundamentalist conservatives) and Brazil, the country they went, isn't either, having one of the highest rates of LGBT+ murders in the whole continent, if not the highest. And where trans women live mostly thanks to sex work. My goal has always been to live in a place where I will be able to feel at least a little safe and happy.