Who We Are

WHO WE ARE
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Who We Are

Trans Rescue is a non-profit foundation that helps transgender people worldwide escape from places where it is dangerous to be a transgender person.

We have volunteers in many places across the world, but we are registered in the Netherlands as Stichting Trans Rescue Foundation, registration number 84793252.

Where We’re From

We are the spiritual successor of TransEmigrate.

TransEmigrate, started by Misty Hill in 2020, operated as a loosely organized collection of volunteers with an informal ‘board’. During it’s two years of operation, it, along with partner organization TransAsylias, got about 9 people out of danger.

We have incorporated as Trans Rescue to regularize our fundraising and work.We want to convert the experiment of TransEmigrate to an industrial process, helping many people out of danger.

What We Do

We help trans people remove themselves from dangerous situations, in particular from dangerous countries.

  • We do so in a way that is legal and legitimate, and as physically and emotionally safe for our clients as we can make it.
  • We communicate clearly with our clients what our timetable is for moving them.
  • We publish our books.

How We Do It

We bring people to safe places by conventional carriers – In the end, people fly or ride a train to safety.  We are not people smugglers and don’t forge passports or put people in the back of trucks.

We operate under the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. The Refugee Convention establishes a set of core principles governing member’s treatment of refugees.

  • Nondiscrimination – States may not discriminate against a person based on their status as a refugee
  • Nonpenalization – States should not penalize refugees who entered a country illegally if they did so in order to obtain refuge from persecution
  • Nonrefoulement – States may not return refugees to the country they have fled from.

We use the terms of this international agreement, along with others, to get trans people to a safe country where they can claim asylum, or get trans people a long term residence status in a safe country where they can then obtain a truly permanent status.

We never break the laws of the countries we bring people into. We bring people out of places whose laws violate human rights. F___ them.

Why We Do It

We believe that every trans person’s life is valuable.

We believe that we have a responsibility, as humans, to help others.

Many of us are trans ourselves. Many of us are refugees ourselves. Some of us are from religious traditions with a history of their own oppression.

Headshot of Jenny.Jennifer Willow List

Member, Managing Board, Treasurer
Jenny List is an editor at Hackaday.com and a long time activist, both for union rights and the rights of trans people.

Sammy Adamssilhouette of man - symbol of person we cant show

Member, Managing Board,  Secretary
As a professional social worker, Sam is our wise head on handling clients. Sam’s a former passenger.
It’d be dangerous for him to reveal his legal name, so it’s not here.

headshot of AnnieAnne Ogborn
Member, Management Board, Chair
Anne Ogborn is a long time activist for transgender rights. She started her activism in the mid 1980s

Chiara GardnerHeadshot of Chiara

Member, Advisory Board
Chiara is a nonprofit professional who has brought her expertise to our organization.

Objective

Stichting Trans Rescue Foundation is an independent organization that helps transgender people flee from places where it is dangerous to be transgender.