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May09

Trump policies snag first HIV-positive gay asylum seeker.

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From A&U Magazine, Hank Trout reports on the case of Denis Davydov, who fled persecution in Russia only to be detained in the United States.

Trump policies snag first HIV-positive gay asylum seeker.

To read the complete article by Hank Trout, visit A&U Magazine, here.

Denis Davydov, a native of Magnitogorsk, Russia, came to the United States from Moscow in September 2014 on a six-month tourist visa. He has been living and working in San Jose, California, since then, as he completes the process for obtaining political asylum in the U.S. He never suspected when he flew to the U.S. Virgin Islands on March 6, 2017, for a weeklong vacation that he would be detained at the Krome Service Processing Center in Miami, Florida, upon his return on March 13.

"His is the first detention of an HIV-positive gay asylum-seeker under the new, draconian Trump Administration policies on immigration. His detention is especially heinous because it threatens his health as an HIV-positive man."

Denis has now been detained for more than a month—he spent his thirtieth birthday in the ICE detention center.

Denis’s is no ordinary detention case. Denis is an HIV-positive gay man, a member of rights group RUSA LGBT, who has followed every rule and regulation regarding applications for political asylum. According to RUSA LGBT, “Denis has complied with all USCIS guidelines and filed for an affirmative asylum within a one-year deadline. He was awaiting his asylum interview, had a valid employment authorization and A-number, and had no criminal record.”

His is the first detention of an HIV-positive gay asylum-seeker under the new, draconian Trump Administration policies on immigration. His detention is especially heinous because it threatens his health as an HIV-positive man. The reasons Denis is seeking political asylum in the U.S. are very clear. Ever since the Russian parliament, the Duma, passed a vehemently anti-LGBT law in 2013, Russia’s LGBT community has faced the threat and the actuality of physical violence from gangs of vigilantes and skinheads—even members of the Duma themselves have appeared at anti-LGBT rallies and engaged in the violence!

According to the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), “Earlier this month [April 2017], the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that over 100 men suspected of being gay have been arbitrarily detained and tortured in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya. Three deaths have been reported, and the Russian LGBT Network and other sources on the ground continue to report about detainees being coerced to reveal the identities of other gay and bisexual men.”

The MSMGF went on to say, “Gay men who are released from detention [are] at risk of so-called ‘honor killings’ by family members, while local authorities deny the existence of gay people and national authorities are indifferent. Journalists who broke the story at Novaya Gazeta have even been threatened by local religious leaders. Despite statements of condemnation from five experts at the United Nations Human Rights Council and several foreign ministries including the United States, Canada, the European Union and others, no action has been taken to end the abuse.”

To read the complete article by Hank Trout, visit A&U Magazine, here.

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