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Lived Realities of ITGNC Refugees

A False Safe Haven

Previous studies show that asylum seekers and refugees experience various barriers  when trying to obtain and renew their  requisite documentation that prove their legal  status in Kenya. There is no data that focuses  solely on the plight of intersex, transgender  and gender non-conforming (ITGNC) refugees. Amka Africa Justice Initiative (Amka Africa),  funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives  (CFLI), conducted this implementation research  between November 2021 and February 2022  in Nairobi and Kajiado Counties in Kenya. The  objective of the research was to identify the  practical and policy challenges that face ITGNC  refugees and asylum seekers when interacting  with the refugee registration and documentation  processes in Kenya. The study included desktop  and field research that involved ITGNC refugees  and key informants from the Refugee Affairs  Secretariat (RAS) and the United Nations High  Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and other  stakeholders.