She has urgent and immediate needs!! Please read, please donate, and please do share this fundraiser far and wide. I highly recommend that you copy/paste the fundraiser message so that people can see for themselves how urgent and important this is.
SAFE PASSAGE to VERMONT for AURORA LUNA JIMENEZ
Aurora Luna Jimenez lives in Costa Rica. She is a transgender woman of color, living in a place where intolerance is high and so is violence. Murder rates related to trans women of color in Central and South America are tragically astronomical. She, herself, has received serious death threats and she has every reason to believe that they will be followed through on. This past year, she was able to raise enough money to get to the U.S. and to the state of Vermont, where she has loved ones and a developing community. She is scheduled to leave Costa Rica on Friday May 20th. She has short-term housing in place, in Burlington, Vermont, for the end of May. What she does not have?
Money. Thanks to a recent severe medical emergency, funds left from what money she had previously raised were spent on her medical care. She was malnourished and dehydrated, and ~ still not out of the woods yet ~ desperately needs help to regain her health as she prepares for this move. Also compromised were funds for required departure fees, her phone, internet service, HRT, and other medical needs. She is hungry, in need of maintaining her transition care, is at risk of being stranded at the last minute, and she is about to lose her ability to communicate with others and stay connected to the outside world.
SOTSH, The Lodestone Family, and The TEP are raising money on behalf of Aurora to secure her safe passage to the U.S. and to Vermont. We need to raise these funds quickly, so that Aurora is not stranded in Costa Rica, has food to eat, has her hormones and necessary medicine, and can stay connected with loved ones as she begins her new life in a safe new place. Aurora will explore the possibility of applying for asylum, once here in the States.
Her needs break down like this:
$100 needed to pay a past due internet, service about to be terminated
$30 departure fees (she cannot leave the country without paying these fees)
$15 transportation to the airport/luggage assistance
$25 Vermont transportation
$20 misc. medical
$800 medical expenses and hormones
$200 for food and travel money/emergencies
$1300 TOTAL ($1250 rounded up)
We need to raise this money ASAP, no later than Friday, May 13th. Sooner would be better. Her immediate need is to keep her internet service connected, in order to remain in communication with the outside world and in order to maintain this fundraiser. That amount is desperately needed NOW.
Aurora is a beautiful person who is devoted to helping others with her gifts. She has provided spiritual guidance for many. She gives of herself, her time, her talents freely, even when she is in need. It is time for her to be supported a little bit, so that she can begin a life that will allow her to give even more, following her vocation.
Aurora would be pleased to offer the following services to anyone/everyone who donates:
Tarot reading, crystal ball skrying/water divination, translate English/Spanish, write poetry, cast a spell, create a personalized sigil.
As a member of the transgender community, I care deeply about this sister. I have watched far too many of my sisters of color die, because of religious intolerance, institutionalized transphobia, fear, and hatred. I do not want Aurora to become just another name and face to be memorialized. Please help a real, living person get to safety!
You will have Aurora's undying gratitude, and ours. There is no more precious gift than hope for the future. Please be a part of giving that gift!
~ Adam and Andi Lodestone
The Transgender Encounter Project - TEP