About #FreeNicoll

About #FreeNicoll

Nicoll Hernández-Polanco (A089-841-646) is a Guatemalan transgender woman currently being detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an all-male facility in Florence, AZ. Nicoll presented herself to border patrol agents at the United States border in October 2014 and immediately requested asylum after suffering nearly a decade of sexual and physical violence in Guatemala and Mexico because of her gender identity. Instead of finding safety, Nicoll has experienced continual sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of ICE staff and other detained immigrants for being a transgender woman.

In her first month in detention, Nicoll was patted down 6-8 times a day by male guards who groped her breasts and buttocks, made offensive sexual comments and gestures, and sometimes pulled her hair. In addition to physically harassing Nicoll, ICE staff routinely verbally abuse her because of her gender identity. Nicoll has informed a local LGBTQ group that she has been called slurs including “f***ing gay,” “bitch,” and “the woman with balls” in front of other detained immigrants. People witnessed a female guard refer repeatedly to Nicoll as “it”. Nicoll was recently punished by ICE for standing up for her human dignity by being placed in solitary confinement for “insolence.”

Sign the petition. Call ICE. Demand her release.
Petition asking ICE to immediately #FreeNicoll: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/freenicoll/

#FreeNicoll National Press Release

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For immediate release:

Contacts:
Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa, Mariposas Sin Fronteras, nomoreborders@gmail.com, 520.304.1461
Olga Tomchin, Transgender Law Center, olga.tomchin@gmail.com, 402.650.2339

Contactos:
Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa, Mariposas Sin Fronteras, nomoreborders@gmail.com, 520.304.1461
Olga Tomchin, Transgender Law Center, olga.tomchin@gmail.com, 402.650.2339

Semana de acción nacional por la libertad de solicitante de asilo transgénero de abusivo centro de detención migratorio

Que: Semana de Acción Nacional #LibertadParaNicoll
Cuando: Lunes 2do de marzo hasta el jueves 5 de marzo
Donde: Phoenix, AZ – Washington DC – Los Angeles, CA – New York City (favor de encontrar abajo más información)

Un creciente movimiento nacional por la libertad de Nicoll Hernández-Polanco (A089-841-464) estará escalando su campaña la semana del 2 al 5 de marzo. Nicoll es una mujer transgénero guatemalteca actualmente detenida por el Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) en un centro de detención varonil de ICE en Florence, AZ. Al presentarse ante la patrulla fronteriza en la frontera de los Estados Unidos en octubre del 2014, la Srta. Hernández-Polanco solicitó asilo de forma inmediata, después de sufrir casi una década de violencia sexual y física en Guatemala y México a causa de su identidad de género. En lugar de encontrar seguridad, se ha visto expuesta al acoso sexual y abuso continuo por su identidad transgénero a manos de personal de ICE y otros inmigrantes detenidos.

La experiencia de Nicoll es generalizada entre las mujeres trans inmigrantes detenidas, según el reciente informe de Fusión (fusion.net/trans): a pesar de representar tan sólo 1 de cada 500 personas detenidas, las mujeres transgénero sufren 1 de cada 5 casos de acoso sexual sustentados en los centros de detención migratorios.

Hasta el momento ICE se ha negado a poner en libertad a la solicitante de asilo, a pesar de que cuenta con apoyo y vivienda brindados por parte de un grupo comunitario LGBT de Tucson, Mariposas sin Fronteras, mientras tramite su caso de asilo. La agencia afirma que las previas sentencias de deportación que recibió la Srta. Hernández Polanco como menor de edad huyendo de la violencia transfóbica la convierten en prioridad para la detención de acuerdo al reciente anuncio del Presidente Obama de acción ejecutiva en materia migratoria (http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/11228).

Karolina López, mujer transgénero previamente detenida aclara: “Sé perfectamente las condiciones de detención que Nicoll está experimentando y que sólo se puede resumir en una palabra: Inhumana” Viviana Serrano agrega, “Como una mujer trans en prisión, yo estuve una vez en los zapatos de Nicoll. Es por eso que yo sé la urgencia en tenerla libre ahora. Exigimos su liberación inmediata porque ICE no es capaz de proporcionarle jamás un ambiente seguro.”

Isa Noyola, Coordinadora de Programas del Transgender Law Center (Centro Legal Transgénero), concluye: “Nuestras comunidades están unidas en exigir su libertad y el fin de la detención migratoria para todas las mujeres transgénero.”

La Srta. Hernández-Polanco está recibiendo apoyo de una coalición nacional, integrada por grupos LGBT al igual que grupos pro-inmigrante, que incluye: Arcoiris Liberation Team, Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Arizona Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, Transgender Law Center, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, CA Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, the TransLatin@ Coalition, Gender Justice LA, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, GetEqual, Casa Ruby, United We Dream y muchos mas.

Calendario Para #LibertadParaNicoll Semana de Accion Nacional
lunes 2do de Marzo –
Protesta afuera de la sede regional de ICE ERO
2035 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ, 85004 at 11a.m.
Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Arcoiris Liberation Team, AZ QUIP
Contacto: Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa nomoreborders@gmail.com

martes 3 de marzo –
Washington DC, QUIP

miércoles 4 de marzo –
Los Angeles, Familia: Trans/Queer Liberation Movement

jueves 5 de marzo –
Protesta afuera de la sede regional de ICE ERO en Nueva York
26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York 10278
10:00am
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Yaya Network
Contacto: Jamila Hammami, jamila@qdep.rg

Para firmar la peticion por la libertad inmediata de Nicoll Hernández-Polanco: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/freenicoll/

PARA CONTACTAR A ICE:
Para pedir permiso para una entrevista con Nicoll Hernández-Polanco , comunicarse con:
Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe – Public Affairs Officer/Spokesperson de ICE- (602) 766-7030

National Week of Action calling for release of transgender asylum seeker from abusive immigration detention center

What: #FreeNicoll National Week of Action
When: Monday March 2 through Thursday March 5
Where: Phoenix, AZ – Washington DC – Los Angeles, CA – New York City (more information below)

A growing national movement calling for the release of Nicoll Hernández-Polanco (A089-841-464) will be escalating the week of March 2nd-5th. Nicoll is a Guatemalan transgender woman currently being detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an all-male ICE facility in Florence, AZ. Nicoll presented herself to border patrol agents at the United States border in October 2014 and immediately requested asylum after suffering nearly a decade of sexual and physical violence in Guatemala and Mexico because of her gender identity. Instead of finding safety, Nicoll has experienced continual sexual harassment and abuse for being a transgender woman at the hands of ICE staff and other detained immigrants.

Nicoll’s experience is very typical for immigrant trans women in detentionUnfortunately, as recently reported by Fusion (fusion.net/trans), Nicoll’s experience is very typical for immigrant trans women in detention: although transgender women make up only 1 out of every 500 detainees, they make up a shocking 1 out of every 5 substantiated cases
of sexual assault in immigration detention facilities.

Even though a Tucson-based LGBTQ community group, Mariposas Sin Fronteras, is assisting Nicoll and is willing to house and care for her during her asylum case, ICE has refused to release her. ICE claims that her past deportations when she was an unaccompanied minor trying to flee transphobic violence render her a priority for detention under President Obama’s recent immigration executive action announcement (http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/11228).

Karolina López, a formerly detained trans woman stated, “I know perfectly well the detention conditions Nicoll is experiencing and it can only be summarized in one word: inhumane.” Viviana Serrano added, “As a trans woman in detention, I was once in Nicoll’s shoes. This is why I know the urgency in getting her released now. We demand her immediate release because ICE is incapable of ever providing her with a safe environment.”

Isa Noyola, Program Manager at Transgender Law Center, concluded, “Our communities are rallying together demanding her release and an end to immigration detention for all transgender women.”

Nicoll is receiving support from LGBTQ and Migrant Rights groups throughout the nation, including: Arcoiris Liberation Team, Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Arizona Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, Transgender Law Center, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, CA Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, the TransLatin@ Coalition, Gender Justice LA, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, GetEqual, Casa Ruby, United We Dream, and many others.

Calendar for #FreeNicoll National Week of Action

Monday March 2 –
Rally at ICE ERO Field Office
2035 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ, 85004 at 11a.m.
Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Arcoiris Liberation Team, AZ QUIP
Contact: Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa nomoreborders@gmail.com

Tuesday March 3 –
Washington DC, QUIP

Wednesday March 4 –
Los Angeles, Familia: Trans/Queer Liberation Movement

Thursday March 5 –
Rally at New York ICE ERO Field Office
26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York 10278
10:00am
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, Yaya Network
Contact person: Jamila Hammami, jamila@qdep.rg

Link to petition asking ICE to immediately release Nicoll: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/freenicoll/

TO CONTACT ICE:
To ask permission for interview with Nicoll, ICE contact is:
Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe – Public Affairs Officer/Spokesperson- (602) 766-7030

#FreeNicoll NYC Action Press Release

For immediate release // excuse cross-posting
Contacts:
Jamila Hammami, jamila@qdep.org
Bahar Akyurtlu, bahar@qdep.org

#FreeNicoll NOW! NYC takes part in the National Week of Action calling for release of transgender asylum seeker from abusive immigration detention center

What: #FreeNicoll Protest
When: Thursday, March 5 at 10 a.m.
Where: Rally at NYC ICE ERO Field Office, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278
Who:  Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, QUIP NYC, Make the Road New York, Audre Lorde Project

 

Free Nicoll now! Nicoll Hernandez-Polanco is a transgender woman from Guatemala who entered the US in October 2014 to seek asylum due to consistent violence and discrimination. However, since coming to the US, she has only experienced more of the same, this time while confined in an ICE detention facility. Since being detained, Nicoll has been subjected to multiple assaults and continuous harassment from fellow detainees and detention staff alike. Her and her lawyer’s attempts at securing her release and accountability from ICE for her mistreatment have only led to more harassment from staff and frequent stays in solitary confinement. And while President Obama’s executive action memos from last fall would seemingly offer recourse to Nicoll, ICE is claiming that because she was deported previously as a 17 year old minor and entered the country in October 2014 (after the January 2014 cut-off) that she is a top priority for detention and deportation.

Sadly, Nicoll’s case is fairly typical for transgender women and other trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people under ICE detention. Over the past year, activists around the country engaged in repeated actions to free another Latina trans woman, Marichuy Leal Gamino, who also experienced intense harassment after trying to bring light to the abuses she was subject to. Even in light of the outpouring of support for her cause, Marichuy was only released recently and there has been no accountability for the abuse she experienced. On the whole, while transgender women account for only 1 out of every 500 people in detention at any given time, they are the victims in 1 out of every 5 reported incidents of assault. The Prison Rape Elimination Act — an act intended to ensure the safety of vulnerable populations in prison and detention centers — is far too often used as a means to punish trans and queer people by being used as justification for placing them involuntarily in solitary confinement.

We also cannot think that these abuses are isolated to certain centers in certain states. While centers like Florence and Eloy in Arizona have gained notoriety due to cases like Nicoll’s and Marichuy’s, the abuse of transgender inmates is endemic at a system-wide scale. ICE detention centers in New York and New Jersey house huge numbers of LGBTQ immigrants who come to the city in search of opportunity and community, making this region a high priority area for actions to end the abusive treatment against these highly vulnerable groups.

To bring attention to the conditions that Nicole and other TGNC people are facing in ICE custody, the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, an LGBTQI-focused alternative-to-detention (ATD) program in New York City, is spearheading a protest at ICE headquarters in lower Manhattan on Thursday, March 5th at 10:00 AM. We are calling for Nicoll’s immediate release from detention into the custody of Mariposas Sin Frontieras, an ATD program operating in Arizona. In addition, we are calling on the Department of Homeland Security to formally recognize trans, gay, and HIV+ people as vulnerable groups whose detention is “not in the public interest” as per President Obama’s recent executive action memos and his State of the Union comments condemning the unfair persecution of transgender people.

Anyone who is committed to the fair treatment of trans and gender non-conforming people can show their support for Nicoll by attending the rally and tweeting to #FreeNicoll in the week leading up to the action. 

Link to petition asking ICE to immediately release Nicoll: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/freenicoll/

TO CONTACT ICE:

To ask permission for interview with Nicoll, ICE contact is:
Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe – Public Affairs Officer/Spokesperson- (602) 766-7030.

NYC #FreeNicoll Action

ESTE JUEVES 10am !!!
La Señorita Nicoll Hernández-Polanco (A # 089 841 646), una mujer Trans de Guatemala , se encuentra actualmente detenida en un reclusorio para hombres en las instalaciones de detención de Internamiento de ICE en Florence Arizona .

Nicoll llegó a Estados Unidos en busca de asilo en octubre 2014 porque se habia convertido en el blanco de ataques violentos, el acoso constante y la discriminación en su país de origen.

Por desgracia, a manos de ICE, Nicoll está siendo sometido al mismo tratamiento que busca protegerse de.

En su primer mes en prisión, Nicoll fue manoseada unas 6-8 veces al día por guardias de sexo masculino, tambien ella nos informó Nicoll que le apretaban los pechos y las nalgas, mientras hacian comentarios y gestos sexuales ofensivos, y a veces hasta le jalan el pelo.

Además de acosar físicamente Nicoll, el personal del ICE rutinariamente verbalmente abusa de ella.

Ha sido llamado “estúpida” y “la mujer con bolas” frente a otros inmigrantes detenidos.

Nicoll también ha sufrido abusos a manos de sus compañeros detenidos inmigrantes.

A principios de diciembre, Nicoll presentó una denuncia oficial tras otro inmigrante detenido la agredió sexualmente. Un hombre diferente detenidos con ella amenazó con meterla en un agujero, y uno le dijo que su garganta se cortó en su país. Ahora, el acoso y la hostilidad abierta se han vuelto tan grave que Nicoll tiene miedo de salir de sus dormitorios y ir a otro lugar en la instalación.

El bienestar de Nicoll y la salud mental están en riesgo todos los días permanece detenida.

Nicoll fue castigada y puesta en confinamiento solitario por defender su dignidad humana recientemente.

A pesar de las peticiones de los abogados de Nicoll para liberla, el ICE se niega ha hacerlo y continúa ignorando las quejas de abuso y negligencia.

Únete a los Detenidos Queer Detainee Empowerment Project y Yaya Network en esta la Semana Nacional de Acción para Liberar a Nicoll !! La acción se llevará a cabo en: Jueves, 05 de marzo a las 10 horas – en el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional, Oficina de Campo de ERO, 26 Federal Plaza, Nueva York, Nueva York 10278

ESTA ES LA DIRECCION :
En el U.S. Department of Homeland Security
26 Federal Plaza
New York, New York
10278

Nosotras estamos demandando :
· Que ICE libere inmediatamente Nicoll .
· Que La Casa Blanca / DHS para definir Nicoll y otras personas TLGBQ en la detención como un grupo vulnerable, cuya detención es “no en el interés público”

Fin transfobia!
Fin al abuso de las mujeres trans en prisión!
Abolir la detención!
Libertad para nuestra hermana Nicoll !!

CALENDARIO DE PROTESTAS NACIONALES :
-Lunes 02 de marzo – Phoenix, Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Arcoiris Equipo Liberación, AZ QUIP
-Martes 03 de marzo – Washington DC, QUIP
-Miércoles 04 de marzo – Los Ángeles, Familia: Movimiento de Liberación Trans / Queer (por confirmar)
-Jueves 05 de marzo – Nueva York, Queer Detenidos Empowerment Project (QDEP) & Yaya Network, , 10 a.m. @ ICE Manhattan

Haga clic aquí para confirmar su asistencia y compartir la página de facebook

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Nicoll Hernandez-Polanco (A# 089 841 646), a transgender woman from Guatemala, is currently being detained in the all-male wing of ICE’s Florence Service Processing Detention facility in Florence, Arizona. Nicoll came to the United States seeking asylum in October 2014 because she was the target of violent attacks, constant harassment, and discrimination in her country of origin. Unfortunately, at the hands of ICE, Nicoll is now being subjected to the same treatment she seeks protection from.

In her first month in detention, Nicoll was patted down 6-8 times a day by male guards, who Nicoll reported would grope her breasts and buttocks, make offensive sexual comments and gestures, and sometimes pull her hair. In addition to physically harassing Nicoll, ICE staff routinely verbally abuse her. She has been called “stupid,” and “the woman with balls” in front of other detained immigrants.

Nicoll has also suffered abuse at the hands of her fellow detained immigrants. In early December, Nicoll filed an official complaint after another detained immigrant sexually assaulted her. A different man detained with her threatened to put her in a hole, and one told her that her throat would be slit in his country. Now, the harassment and overt hostility have become so severe that Nicoll is afraid to leave her sleeping quarters and go anywhere else in the facility.

Nicoll’s well-being and mental health are at risk every day she remains in detention. Nicoll was recently punished and placed in solitary confinement for standing up for her human dignity. Despite requests from Nicoll’s attorneys to release her, ICE has failed to do so and continues to ignore complaints of abuse and negligence.

What can you do to support Nicoll?

Come to our action TOMORROW morning at 10am at the NYC ICE Headquarters, 26 Federal Plaza, NY, NY 10278!

Sign the petition to demand her release!

Demands:
· ICE to immediately release Nicoll from detention
· The White House/DHS to define Nicoll and other TLGBQ people in detention as a vulnerable group whose detention is “not in the public interest”

-Monday March 2 – Phoenix, Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Arcoiris Liberation Team, AZ QUIP
-Tuesday March 3 – Washington DC, QUIP
-Wednesday March 4 – Los Angeles, Familia: Trans/Queer Liberation Movement (to be confirmed)
-Thursday March 5 – New York, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) & Yaya Network, 10a.m. @ ICE Manhattan

End transphobia! End the abuse of trans women in detention! Abolish detention! Freedom for Nicoll!

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