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14th June 2018, 15:41:55 UTC

Alejandra is a transgender activist who was forced to flee El Salvador, only to be locked up in a detention centre in the USA.

Alejandra has spent more than a decade fighting for the human rights of transgender people in El Salvador. On top of daily discrimination, she faced extortion and attacks, including sexual assault, by a criminal gang and by the military. All of this forced to her to leave and find a new life in the USA.

But instead of offering her safety and a chance to rebuild her life in freedom, Alejandra now faces a whole new challenge. The US government is keeping her in detention with inadequate and unresponsive healthcare, and has denied her request for parole pending the decision on her asylum case.

Alejandra’s situation is not unique. There are many trans people seeking asylum in the USA, stuck waiting indefinitely in detention centres where they are at risk of ill-treatment because of their gender identity, medical needs, or trauma they have endured.

Sign this petition and help put pressure on US immigration authorities to grant Alejandra parole and improve the treatment of people awaiting decisions on their asylum claims.

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