May 29, 2009


This report was written and researched by Juliana Cano Nieto, researcher in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. It was reviewed and edited by Scott Long, director of the program, and Dipika Nath, researcher in the program; Rebecca Schleifer, advocate in the Health and Human Rights Program; Angela Heimburger, researcher in the Women’s Rights Division; Maria McFarland, researcher in the Americas Division; Clive Baldwin, legal advisor; and Joe Saunders, deputy program director. Grace Choi, publications director; and Anna Lopriore, photo editor, provided assistance with report design and publication. Fitzroy Hepkins, mail manager, made possible the production of the report. Jessica Ognian, associate for the LGBT Rights Program prepared this report for publication. This report was translated into Spanish by Lina María Céspedes. 

A number of experts and nongovernmental organizations in Honduras collaborated with this research. Human Rights Watch gratefully acknowledges Asociación Arcoiris; Cattrachas; Colectivo Abogacía por la Diversidad; Colectivo Feminista Mujeres Universitarias; Colectivo TTT—Unidad Rosa; Colectivo Violeta; Comunidad Gay Sampedrana; and Kukulcán for their invaluable assistance and courageous work. We are also deeply indebted to the following people for their support during the process of researching, drafting, and publishing this report: Claudia Spellmant, Justus Eisfeld, Indyra Mendoza, Thalia, and others who do not wish to be specifically named. 

Finally, we are deeply grateful to all those transgender people in Honduras who shared their personal experiences with us.