For immigrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border or apprehended by ICE, serving time in an immigration detention center can be a harrowing experience. For trans immigrants, many of whom are fleeing persecution in their home countries, even more so.

In the video below, CSU Fullerton journalism student Brenda Villa reports on the violence that is often perpetrated against transgender immigrants, both in their home countries and in prisons and immigration detention centers in the U.S. Her video features Bamby Salcedo and Raiza Hernandez, former victims of violence who are now transgender immigrant activists with the TransLatin@ Coalition based in Los Angeles, California.