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COVID-19 Crisis: #FreeKelly Week of Action

Date & Time
April 20, 2020 @ 8:00 am - April 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Virtual Event

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Kelly is a 23-year-old transgender asylum seeker who has been detained for more than two and a half years by US immigration authorities. Like many LGBT folks in the inhumane immigration detention system, she has suffered medical neglect and has been put in solitary confinement arbitrarily, in one instance for four months straight.

People in immigration detention facilities are at risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and often they have inadequate access to health care. Help put public pressure on ICE to #FreeKelly so she can be with her loved ones immediately!

Week of Action Timeline

Monday – Click here! Sign and share the petition to ICE

Tuesday – Retweet / tag an influencer to #FreeKelly

Keep and eye on Translatin@ Coalition’s social channels for celebs to RT.

Write posts about the #FreeKelly campaign and TAG influencers, celebrities, thought leaders, activists, and LGBTQ+ advocates.

Wednesday – Twitter storm at ICE

On Wednesday we are making sure that @ICEGOV pays attention to our demand to #FREEKELLY.  From 11 am – 1 pm PST/ 2pm – 4pm EST join us on Twitter.  Make sure you tag @ICEgov in your tweets! Not sure what you can tweet? We attached some tweets to this post AND you can look at @/translatina_C, @/amnestyusa, and @/nijc directly on twitter to join the discussion.

#TransPeopleDeservetoLive #wewillnotbeerased #shutitdown #trans #queer #transisbeautiful #non-binary #gendernonconforming #transwoman #transmen #transdaily #lgbtq #transpride #transgender #FREEKELLY #EndTransDetention #FreeThemAll

Thursday – Make calls to ICE while we deliver the petition (virtually!)

Please join us in calling John Fabricatore’s, Field Office Director of the Denver Field Office to demand he use his discretion and release Kelly immediately.

Call Denver Field Office at 720-471-6712 and the Aurora Contract Detention Center at 720-873-2899

Phone Script: “Kelly is now one of two trans people who continue to be detained at Aurora County Detention Center after the mass transfer of trans people earlier this year. Despite the large efforts to #FreeThemAll ICE refuses to release Kelly  Please make a call today to let them hear us loud and clear. Kelly should not spend another day locked up. She deserves dignity and she has a strong community waiting for her once she gets released.”

Friday – Online panel discussion and virtual solidarity letter-writing party!

We will have an online discussion about the landscape of trans women in detention in the U.S. Sign up here! Speakers include:

  • Yessica Gonzalez, TransLatin@ Coalition
  • Michae Pulido, TransLatin@ Coalition
  • Erika Guevara Rosas, Amnesty International Americas Director