Thanks to the collective efforts of our broad and diverse coalition for LGBTQ immigrant justice, we were able to take action and confront the government’s disturbing, reckless and wrong decision (1) to continue their policy of detaining vulnerable members of our LGBTQ immigrant community and (2) to expand the dangerous Adelanto Detention Facility and the potential transfer and segregation of transgender women there.
Here is a quick overview of our National Week of Action to End LGBTQ Detention:
In the News
FUSION: “Keep trans women out of new private prison, nearly 100 LGBT groups tell Obama” article thanks to the 100+ organizations that endorsed the “Stop the Transfer to Adelanto” NGO sign-on letter (http://fusion.net/story/188064/keep-trans-women-out-of-new-private-prison-100-lgbt-groups-tell-obama/)
The Hill: “Policies and profit drive dangerous detention of LGBT immigrants” op-ed by our partners at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) (http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/civil-rights/251838-policies-and-profit-drive-dangerous-detention-of-lgbt)
Take Part: “Detaining Trans Women in Private Facility Won’t Keep Them Safe, Advocates Say” article featuring our partners at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Immigration Equality (http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/08/26/transfer-transgender-women-detention)
Blogs: “Mistreatment of LGBT detainees continues with planned mass transfer to remote California facility” by our partners at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) (http://www.ailaleadershipblog.org/2015/08/27/mistreatment-of-lgbt-detainees-continues-with-planned-mass-transfer-to-remote-california-facility/#more-4167) and “Why Queer APIs Want to #EndLGBTQDetention” by NQAPIA (http://www.nqapia.org/wpp/why-queer-apis-want-to-endlgbtqdetention/)
MSNBC: “Trapped in detention, transgender immigrants face new traumas” op-ed by our partners at Human Rights Watch and Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) (http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/trapped-detention-transgender-immigrants-face-new-traumas)
Immigration Impact: “ICE’s Transfer of Transgender Women to Remote Detention Facility Raises Grave Concerns” another blog highlighting the NGO letter and our collective concerns regarding Adelanto Detention Facility (http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/08/28/ices-transfer-of-transgender-women-to-remote-detention-facility-raises-grave-concerns/)
Latino Post: “LGBT, Immigrant Rights Advocates Warn President Obama of Private Detention Center for Trans Women” article focusing on educating the Latino community also highlighting the NGO letter and concerns raised in the letter (http://www.latinpost.com/articles/74541/20150825/lgbt-immigrant-rights-advocates-warn-president-obama-private-detention-center.htm)
Trending on Social Media
The remarkable online engagement of our supporters led by our partners in the immigrant rights, LGBT rights, and civil rights movements moved our campaign to end detention of LGBTQ people and stop the potential transfer of trans women to Adelanto to the top of everyone’s radar.
Special shout out to QDEP member Lisa Barrios for sharing her story!
Thank you to Equality Arizona, National Immigrant Law Clinic, United We Dream, Marriage Equality USA, Trans Pride Initiative, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Out4Citizenship Campaign, The DC Center, Our Family Coalition, AILA Chicago Chapter, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, US Human Rights Network, Detention Watch Network, GLAD, National LGBTQ Task Force, CAIR Coalition, National Lawyers Guild, and so many more for adding your voices to our call to #EndLGBTQDetention & #EndTransDetention
Actions on the Ground
On the West Coast, our partners at Friends of Adelanto Detainees, Justice for Immigrants Coalition (JFIC), Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), the Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC), among others rallied for a vigil in Adelanto to stop the transfer and shut down the facility.
Daily Press: “Locals Gather to Protest Prison Expansion” (http://www.vvdailypress.com/article/20150828/NEWS/150829673)
On the East Coast, our partners at the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project and over 60 LGBTQ activists from the Queering Immigration Conference took action to abolish LGBTQ detention outside of NYC Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Headquarters.
Collectively we will leverage everyone’s efforts here to keep decision-makers in the White House, DHS, and ICE accountable. Thank you to everyone for contributing to an impactful week of action!