TORONTO,ON: FEBRUARY 2, 2014
Edgar Benjamin Buenrostro (Benjamin), left, eats lunch with his boyfriend Eric in their apartment in Toronto on February 2, 2014. Benjamin came to Canada as a refugee from Mexico because of the discrimination he faced for being gay.
Benjamin was harassed by members of his community and sexually assaulted by a police officer while walking home one day. When his father took him to report the assault, the police would not help.
He had a successful hearing and now lives happily with his boyfriend and has a job with a cleaning company.
Mexico was added to the Designated Country of Origin list in February of 2013. This is a list of countries the Canadian government believes to respect human rights and offer state protection. Succeeding with a refugee claim from a DCO country can be more difficult and claimants only have 45 days to prepare a case from the day they file their claim.