July 11, 2018 at 1:02 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Blade travels to Central America to cover Trump immigration policy
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Washington Blade International News Editor Michael Lavers visits a polling place in San Salvador, El Salvador, on March 4, 2018. He is currently on assignment in Central America to report on the impact that President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy is having on the region’s LGBTI community. (Photo courtesy of Michael K. Lavers)

WASHINGTON — The Washington Blade, the country’s oldest LGBT newspaper, today announced International News Editor Michael Lavers will be in Central America, Mexico and the Southwest U.S. to report on the impact that President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy is having on LGBT migrants and immigrants.

Lavers will be in the region through July 23.

He will interview LGBT migrants who have been directly impacted by Trump’s policy. Lavers will also speak with activists who are providing assistance to them, and government officials.

This reporting trip is part of the Blade’s multi-year project to provide in-depth coverage of LGBT issues in Latin America. Lavers over the last year has reported from Puerto Rico, Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela.

“It’s imperative that media outlets cover the full extent of Trump’s cruel immigration policies,” said Blade editor Kevin Naff. “The Blade remains committed to ensuring LGBTQ immigrants aren’t forgotten and that their stories are also told.”

“President Trump’s immigration policy has had a very real impact on the lives of LGBT people in Central America and those who live along the Mexico-U.S. border,” said Lavers. “It is more important than ever to show our readers the direct impact this policy is having on our brothers and sisters.”

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