Sunday, October 28, 2018
Photo via http://www.danniaskini.com
Danni Askini is a trans activist from the United States. She currently lives in Sweeden and is seeking asylum there, The Local reports.
Askini states that it is "too dangerous" to work as a trans activist in the United States. She has received death threats for speaking up on behalf of the trans community.
Her case presents an exceptional in-class real-o-thetical.
Have your students assume Sweedish asylum law is the same as U.S. law. Should she get asylum? On what grounds? Does she have a claim for political asylum? What about asylum based on membership in a particular social group? Which is a better avenue and why? What evidence could she point to for fear of persecution? What about the President's efforts to ban transgender individuals from the military? The CDC's ban on the word transgender? The administration's latest move to "narrowly defin[e] gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth"?