A coalition of LGBTQ and immigrant rights organizations are calling on the Department of Homeland Security to immediately release Marichuy Leal Gamino, a transgender woman, from Eloy Detention Center, an illegal immigration detention facility in Arizona.
Marichuy, who has been housed with men, claims sexual assaulted by his cellmate. Transgender Law Center, Puente, Arcoiris Liberation Team, and the National Center for Transgender Equality, have been demanding the Department of Homeland Security release Marichuy immediately.
"Marichuy's story illustrates why the mass detention of immigrants must end," said NCTE Director of Policy Harper Jean Tobin. "Thousands of LGBT immigrants like Marichuy are needlessly jailed each year, and hundreds of transgender women are routinely placed in men's jails despite the obvious danger this creates."
"ICE has yet again shown that they are not capable of detaining transgender women with minimum levels of safety and dignity. As a result, they should not be detaining transgender women, period," says Transgender Law Center's Soros Justice Fellow Olga Tomchin.