The 16 of September of 2013 my life change dramatically.
Before that day, I was a Colombian master student awarded with a scholarship in the Taipei Medical University, an outstanding person following a dream, living comfortably in peace and happy in the Island of Taiwan.
After that horrible day, I became a refugee of the United Nations, an stateless and homeless person in the middle of a horrible city called Hong Kong, with no Identity, no dignity, no passport and living in very poor conditions, sleeping on the floor in a improvised shelter for me.
What happened that day?.
As I mention before, I was in Taiwan, living and studying, and due to bureaucratic issues related to my passport (my picture) I had to come urgently to the consulate of Colombia in Hong Kong, the closest one, to issue a new passport to renew my Taiwanese Visa and also apply for the second year of my master in Taipei Medical University.
I came for only 3 days but that day the length of my stay became suddenly in a indefinite stay.
That day I was sexually abused, and I experienced a grave violation of my human rights in the International Airport of Hong Kong.
There due to the ambiguity with my gender, the customs and excise and immigration officer decide to refuse my enter to Hong Kong SAR, finding the way to deport me to my home country, a place that I left before, because I suffered two murder attempts, precisely for the same reason the ambiguity with my gender.
After the refusal to enter to HK I was forced to be naked, and two male officers who mocked of me, touched and manipulate all the parts in my body, freely and with no regret, took advantage of the fact that because in my passport was written an M in my gender instead of an F, and they were complete legally able to do what ever they want to me, including touching sensible parts of my body, like my boobs that according to them are not that sensible if you have an M in your passport.
I was sexually assaulted, but for Hong Kong, according with their legal definition of sexual abuse, sexual abuse or sexual assault is only considered when it happens (man person to a female person). So according with that, we all transgender woman, can be raped and sexually abused without any legal implication for the person who commit that crime, like the sexual offense of those two officers commit to me at the Hong Kong International Airport (The busiest airport in the world).
After almost one day detained in the airport’s jail in horrible conditions, in where I was exposed to all the man that were in that detention room being forced to use the man’s toilet in front of them, instead of the female one I wanted to go and share same seats even when I was dressing a skirt.
The officer who were quite discriminative, violated each of the steps that they should follow with a person that is in detention like me, and they refuse to contact my consulate in Colombia. Instead they were trying to deport me as quick as they can after they realized the big mistake they commit with me after the sexual abuse and the human right violation the just commit.
After hours crying, and asking for help, I found the way to turn on my phone using the international roaming and I sent a help message to all my Facebook friends after that The Amnesty International and several organizations came to release from that place.
After that I started a very painful and long journey in this city that I don’t like too much.
My fears of being deported to a place in where I can not be myself, in where I can not consider to have family and where expose my self as I am could lead me to the death. Forced me to find a long-term solution in the highest representation of the nations in the world. the UN.
I became an Asylum seeker and in less than a month I got the Refugee Status of the UN.
I became an stateless person, holding the Recognition of the United Nations.
That day I lose many things, my life, my past, my master degree, my nationality, my passport, my identity, and my medical and hormonal treatment in Taiwan, since that I was not able to return to Taiwan, because I was a UN Citizen and Taiwan is a country not recognized for the UN.