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"On March 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California, heard oral arguments in the cases of Daniella Godoy-Ramirez, Edin Avendano-Hernandez and Lucia Mondragon-Alday. They are fighting to stay in the U.S., claiming in court documents they could face torture or death in Mexico because of their gender identity."

Newsweek talked to NIJC's Keren Zwick, who argued on behalf of one of the women in court, about the women's cases and the unique challenges and discrimination these transgender women face in their home country. If the women prevail, they could set an important precedent for other transgender indivudals seeking asylum in the United States. Read more.