04/21/2020

Urgent Action: Free Trans Asylum Seeker from Detention (USA: UA 59.20)


Kelly Gonzalez Aguilar, a 23-year-old transgender woman, fled Honduras when she was 12 years old because of violence against her based on her transgender identity. US immigration authorities detained her in August 2017 and she has been locked up since while she awaits the results of her asylum claim.

She fears becoming infected by COVID-19 because of the inadequate measures taken by authorities to protect detainees and staff from the virus. Authorities must release Kelly immediately on parole.

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  1. Email or write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to the government official listed below.
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EMAIL:

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SAMPLE LETTER AND ADDRESS:

Aaron B. Andrews
Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer
ICE-Enforcement & Removal Operations
Denver Field Office, 12484 E Weaver Place
Centennial, CO 80111, USA

Dear Aaron Andrews,

Kelly Gonzalez Aguilar (A# 206-674-703) is a 23-year-old transgender woman asylum seeker from Honduras who has been held in immigration detention for over 2.5 years.

I am deeply concerned about the safety of Kelly and other people in detention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amnesty International has received accounts by detainees of dangerous conditions in the immigration detention facility where Kelly is held, including that authorities won’t provide hand sanitizer or face masks to detainees, even though it’s impossible for them to socially distance themselves.

As authorities responsible for the health and safety of the migrants and asylum-seekers in detention centers, you must take all appropriate steps to protect individuals like Kelly from the COVID-19 pandemic.

I therefore urge you to act quickly by immediately granting humanitarian parole to Kelly while she awaits the decision on her asylum claim, including on any appeal.

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

 

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