06/11/2018

Urgent Action: Free Trans Asylum Seeker from Detention (USA: UA 108.18)


Alejandra fled attacks and extortion based on her transgender identity in El Salvador and requested asylum in the US in November 2017. She has been detained since December at the Cibola detention centre in New Mexico, where she and other trans women complained of inadequate and unresponsive health care. US immigration authorities should immediately free Alejandra while she awaits the decision on her asylum claim.

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Alejandra fled attacks and extortion based on her transgender identity in El Salvador and requested asylum in the US in November 2017. She has been detained since December at the Cibola detention centre in New Mexico, where she and other trans women complained of inadequate and unresponsive health care. US immigration authorities should immediately free Alejandra while she awaits the decision on her asylum claim.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the authorities to immediately grant Alejandra humanitarian parole while she awaits the decision on her asylum claim, including during any appeal;
  • Urging them to improve the medical care provided at ICE’s privately operated Cibola detention facility, especially for those with acute medical needs;
  • Calling on them to ensure asylum seekers are only detained as a last resort and when necessary and proportionate in the individual case, and to grant humanitarian parole to all asylum seekers whenever possible, especially when they are LGBTI or have acute medical needs.

Contact this official by 20 July, 2018:

ICE Acting Deputy Field Office Director
Mr. Joe Renteria

ICE-ERO
El Paso Field Office

11541 Montana Ave Suite E
El Paso, TX, 79936, USA
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Acting Deputy Director

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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