Interview of Bianey Garcia

Bianey Garcia is a community organizer at Make the Road New York, a non-profit organization providing services and advocacy for Latinx and working class communities. Born in Veracruz, Mexico and raised in Veracruz and Chiapas, Bianey describes the transphobic violence that forced her to relocate to Tijuana at 14 and subsequently New York City. Bianey recounts her initial experiences as an undocumented, trans woman of color in New York including finding trans community and the transphobic and racist policing that resulted in her incarceration at Rikers Island. Later, she describes her involvement with the Trans Immigrant Project and the first Trans Latina March, obtaining a green card, and her plans to revisit her family in Mexico for the first time in 12 years.

Date of Interview:

July 13, 2017

Location of Interview:

Make the Road NY Office, Queens, New York

Place of birth:



She / Her

Interviewed by

Michelle Esther O'Brien

Summary by

Micah Katz