“Bear in mind Roxsana Hernández—the trans lady who died in ICE custody after not receiving correct remedy for her HIV?” asked Lambda Authorized. “We do.” BuzzFeed Information reported in 2019 that officers had been very clearly instructed to protect surveillance footage that includes the ultimate days of Hernández, a 33-year-old transgender asylum-seeker who died in the agency’s custody in Could 2018. They wiped it anyway, regardless of federal guidelines stating that officers are required to protect such supplies in case of court docket litigation.
Karen Hoffman, an legal professional who advocates for asylum-seeking kids, tweeted a report from The Guardian that highlighted the abuses that LGBTQ detainees are enduring at this very second, particularly the case of a transgender asylum-seeker who has been detained by the company for two years now.
Maura Martinez, any asylum-seeker initially from Nicaragua, was overwhelmed by male detainees underneath ICE watch in 2019. However as a substitute of taking motion to guard her, she and a second trans detainee have been thrown into solitary, “allegedly for their very own security,” the report stated. Hopes that she’d be freed underneath the brand new administration have been dashed. “[T]hose of us nonetheless detained have been forgotten,” Martinez stated within the report.
“As soon as an ICE legal professional requested my bisexual asylum seeker shopper who was repeatedly gang raped, assaulted, and compelled to look at her associate murdered in entrance of her to ‘show’ that she was bisexual,” tweeted Haitian Bridge advocate Katrina Bleckley. “They actually screamed at her within the courtroom whereas she was hysterically crying.”
“Reminder: When the pandemic began, ICE refused to launch asylum seekers dwelling with HIV,” Lambda Authorized continued. “How do we all know this? As a result of we, together with @IEquality, fought ICE to have them launched.” Greater than two dozen Home Democrats additionally referred to as on the previous unlawfully appointed Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) secretary to launch LGBTQ asylum-seekers from ICE detention, telling Chad Wolf that concern amid the pandemic “is heightened for LGBTQ people who’re already significantly weak to abuse and mistreatment in immigration detention.”
ICE needs to be abolished, and critics of that stance like to prop up a dystopian, make-believe picture of a nation run amok ought to that occur. However ICE has solely been round since 2003. Sadly, the Biden administration’s first official budget fails to ask for any total reductions in funding for each ICE and Customs and Border Safety, one other corrupt federal immigration enforcement company that has also gotten its kicks from abusing children.
Others on Twitter additionally seen that ICE’s tweet allegedly celebrating Pleasure by no means talked about something about LGBTQ detainees, simply LGBTQ workers. My colleague Marissa Higgins has the appropriate thought right here about this entire social media catastrophe:
In a letter launched the day of ICE’s very unlucky tweet, a bunch of nongovernmental organizations submitted a letter to Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and appearing ICE Director Tae Johnson “demanding all detained people who find themselves LGBTQ or dwelling with HIV be launched from immigration detention services instantly.” In a press release, Immigration Equality Authorized Director Bridget Crawford stated that “[t]hrowing LGBTQ and HIV-positive asylum seekers into jail is merciless, costly, and harmful. For transgender and HIV-positive individuals, it could actually even be lethal.
“In response to years of constantly documented abuses in opposition to the group, the federal government has carried out ineffective half-measures which have completely failed,” Crawford continued. “That’s the reason we’ve demanded that DHS launch all transgender and HIV positive-people instantly. Nobody ought to ever be locked into jail as a result of they fled persecution primarily based on their sexual orientation, gender identification, or HIV standing. Doing so throughout a pandemic is a human rights atrocity.”