Amilcar and Alexi’s Story

by: Amilcar and Alexi, Salvadoran asylum seekers

“Hello, we are Amilcar and Alexi, two gay men.

To save our lives from the discrimination and death threats by the MS 13 gang, we left our native country, El Salvador, on November 25, 2018, heading to the United States. After we left, we were kidnapped and trafficked in Mexico but at the end of so much suffering, we arrived on November 9, 2019 at the Jardin de las Mariposas sanctuary in Tijuana, where we awaited our process to enter the US on January 28 of this year.

We spent three months and twelve days in detention where we also suffered from the discrimination of the officers and managers but finally the day came when we could once again see the light of the stars and finally be happy as a couple. We are so grateful to each of the organizations such as Transgender Law Center, Jardin de las Mariposas, Minority Humanitarian Foundation, and Miles4Migrants who helped us with our flight. Every person who helped us, who were there always waiting to ensure that we would not fail.

Thanks, a thousand thanks from the bottom of our hearts.”