For transgender migrants fleeing death threats, asylum in the U.S. is a crapshoot

Tent encampment near the U.S.-Mexico border in Matamoros
Mayela Villegas, center, a transgender woman who fled her home in El Salvador after receiving death threats, lines up with other migrants at a tent encampment near the U.S.-Mexico border in Matamoros, Mexico.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

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Molly Hennessy-Fiske has been a staff writer since 2006 in Washington, Los Angeles, Texas and overseas. A graduate of Harvard College, she spent a year as Middle East bureau chief before returning as Houston bureau chief.