Queens Stories: The Story of Lorena Borjas: The Transgender Latina Activist
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Dec. 27. 2017 that he would pardon 61 New Yorkers including those facing deportation or barriers to becoming citizens.
One of the New Yorkers pardoned was Lorena Borjas, a 57-year-old Jackson Heights resident. Borjas was convicted of fourth-degree criminal facilitation in 1994 when she was 23 years old and a victim of human trafficking.
Borjas moved to the US when she was 21. She currently works as an educator at community health centers citywide. She is an advocate for transgender and immigrant communities, running HIV-testing programs for transgender sex workers, and syringe-exchange programs for transgender women taking hormone injections.