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11th June 2019, 14:20:26 UTC

Help us free Alejandra, a transgender rights activist and asylum seeker, held in a detention centre in the USA for over a year and a half.

Alejandra fought for transgender rights for more than a decade in El Salvador. She was forced to flee after repeated attacks and extortion by a criminal gang, as well as abuses by the Salvadoran military. Alejandra was sexually assaulted by both the gang and military personnel because of her transgender identity.

Instead of offering her safety and a chance to rebuild her life, the U.S. government is detaining her in a private prison with inadequate and unresponsive health care.

Alejandra is now stuck at the Cibola detention centre in New Mexico, waiting for an immigration judge’s decision on her asylum claim. She should be free – not behind bars.

Alejandra’s situation is not unique; there are many more trans people seeking asylum in the U.S. stuck waiting for months in detention centres where they are at risk of ill-treatment because of their gender identity, medical needs, or the trauma they have endured. It is cruel and unnecessary for U.S. immigration authorities to detain people fleeing to the U.S. in search of safety from persecution and violence.

Tell ICE to release Alejandra, along with other transgender asylum seekers detained at Cibola!

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