Trans activist is pardoned and won’t be deported

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Lorena Borjas, 57, received a formal pardon for her 1994 conviction from Governor Andrew Cuomo. And though she was a victim of human trafficking herself, she was accused of helping other people to commit a crime. Borjas, who was originally from Mexico, is well known within the New York trans community for which she has been volunteering for more than 3 decades. In her work, Borjas has organised needle exchanges for trans women and traveled across the city giving food to people in need and providing HIV testing for free in her own home. But due to her conviction she could be deported from the USA. However, now she is officially pardoned and can breathe out. “With this pardon granted, I will no longer have to go to sleep at night, worrying that I will be deported back to a country that is no longer home. I will be able to live my life without stress and fear of immigration and I will be able to continue doing the work I do and help more vulnerable transgender women,” she said. 60 other people were granted pardons by Governor Cuomo last week, who also commuted the sentences of two others.

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