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donderdag 7 juni 2018

This Pride, take action for Alejandra

 

Take Action for Alejandra
Dear friends ,
This June, Amnesty proudly celebrates Pride, joining the global movement to defend LGBTQI human rights. This Pride, join Amnesty and take action for Alejandra.

Alejandra is a transgender woman from El Salvador who fought for the rights of transgender people in her home country for over a decade. Her transgender identity resulted in repeated sexual assaults and abuses from gangs and Salvadoran military personnel. After enduring these attacks she was forced to flee her home and request asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. But instead of helping her, the U.S. Government put her behind bars.

Now she is living at the Cibola detention center in New Mexico, despite the fact that she has family in the U.S. willing to host her. It is cruel and unnecessary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain people fleeing to the U.S. in search of safety from persecution and violence — including brave people like Alejandra.

Take action today and tell ICE to release Alejandra!

Alejandra faces inadequate and unresponsive medical care in the detention facility. When we talked with her in May she told Amnesty researchers, “We make requests for medical examinations, and they don’t respond or give us an examination for 15 days.”

Roxana Hernandez, another trans woman detained in New Mexico, died two weeks ago after experiencing medical complications while in ICE custody. Her death highlights the risks that trans asylum seekers with acute medical needs face in immigration detention.

This is unacceptable.

Tell ICE: Release Alejandra to ensure she gets access to the medical care she needs!

Alejandra has spent a large part of her life fighting for human rights. Now it’s time for us to fight for her. She should be free — not behind bars.
“As an older trans woman, and as a fighter for LGBT rights, […] I am a fighter all the way until the last day that I am on this earth.” — Alejandra


Margaret Huang
Executive Director 
Amnesty International USA
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