Transgender Rights


IVLP Participants after an appointment at Casa Ruby in Washington, DC
IVLP Participants after an appointment at Casa Ruby in Washington, DC

The "Transgender Rights" International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) brought together six activists from Mexico to establish contacts between U.S. and Mexican transgender communities, review best practices in policymaking, and examine best practices in public engagement and awareness building. Participants took part in a week long project that took them from Washington, DC to Los Angeles, CA. Appointments in Washington included a discussion with a representative from the National LGBTQ Task Force; a forum with Department of State officials from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; a session with individuals from the Human Rights Campaign and multiple other activist organizations; and a meeting with White House staff members. While in Washington, the group was also able to meet with Casa Ruby's Executive Director, Ms. Ruby Corado, to learn about grassroots programs to serve the homeless transgender community.

The participants' program in Los Angeles was similarly organized with appointments set for meetings with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, TransLatin@ Coalition, and the UCLA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Campus Research Center.


International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State

Project summary

Transgender Rights | November 2016
Number of Visitors: 6
Regions: Western Hemisphere
Countries: Mexico
Impact Areas: Human and Civil Rights
Program Areas: Global Leadership
Partners: NGOs, Private Sector, Public Sector