#FreeYesenia: Yesenia, a lesbian woman from El Salvador, received a $15,000 bond! PLEASE DONATE

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(portrait of Yesenia Palencia)

Hello folks!

After many unexplained rescheduled bond hearings Yesenia Palencia, a lesbian woman from El Salvador detained in Eloy Detention Center, has finally received a bond of $15,000!

“Yesenia Palencia is a lesbian woman who escaped an abusive past in El Salvador, seeking  a better life for herself and her children in the U.S. She was instead detained in Eloy Detention Center in Arizona where she has been for about a year. As a lesbian, Yesenia faces abuse and violence at Eloy. In September of 2013, she faced sexual assault. The complaint she filed as received no attention from officials. She has since faced harassment from officers and fears that the situation may grow worse.  

Yesenia dreams of getting out of Eloy and continuing her life here in the United States. She wishes to bring her children from El Salvador and unify her familia. Yesenia wants to join LGBTQ migrant community to help fellow detainees as the community is helping her.” – Cynthia Domenzian Mejia on Yesenia’s GoFundMe Page

Please donate any amount possible to pay Yesenia’s bond so that she may have the opportunity to fulfill her dreams and have a dignified life.

DONATE HERE!

You can also catch us at the Queer/Trans People of Color Fest this Saturday, October 10, 2015, where we will also be accepting donations for Yesenia’s bond!

QTPOC Fest Facebook Event Page

Thank you!

SAVE THE DATE: QTPOC Fest 10/10/15 – Mariposas Sin Fronteras will provide delicious food!

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Having QTPOC spaces in our Tucson community is very important! If you haven’t done so already, please donate to this awesome event! Mariposas Sin Fronteras​ will be providing delicious food! :)

Read more about the event https://qtpocfest.wordpress.com

Thank you!

GUARDAR LA FECHA: 10 de Octubre 2015

Teniendo espacios para personas de color que son lesbiana, gay, bisexual, y transgenero es muy importante para la comunidad en Tucson. Por favor, si no lo han hecho ya, donen a este evento! Mariposas Sin Fronteras va proveer deliciosa comida! :)

Lea mas sobre el evento https://qtpocfest.wordpress.com

Gracias!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE :)

Migrantes Transgenero, Gay, Lesbiana y Bisexual Responden a las Declaraciones de Hillary Clinton Sobre Detención e Inmigración

(English translation below)

Mariposas Sin Fronteras: “Tan solo un día en la detención es mucho. Tan solo una deportación es demasiada. #NiUnaMas”

Migrantes Transgenero, Gay, Lesbiana y Bisexual Responden a las Declaraciones de Hillary Clinton Sobre Detención e Inmigración

Mariposas Sin Fronteras, una agrupación de Tucson principalmente de personas LGBTQJ migrante y previamente detenid@s, responde de la siguiente manera a los comentarios de Hillary Clinton que dio sobre la detención de personas transgenero, gay, lesbiana, y bisexual:

Los comentarios de la aspirante candidata presidencial son un disfraz político. Sus comentarios son solo eso—palabras bonitas, pero en la práctica no vemos nada alentador. Hillary fue parte del gabinete presidencial de Obama. Su gobierno de Hillary ha deportado a más de 2 millones de personas. Ella ha sido parte del sistema que detiene y deporta a nuestra comunidad LGBTQJ. Hillary al haber sido funcionaria gubernamental fue autora y cómplice del atropello a los derechos humanos de la comunidad LGBTQJ migrante.

  • ¿Qué ha hecho ella sobre los años en que se ha le ha pedido al gobierno mejor tratamiento a las personas transgenero en detención? Las condiciones van de mal en peor. ¿Qué está haciendo Hillary sobre los ejemplos de nuestras experiencias con la falta de respeto a la identidad de género, y como hemos sido agredid@s con asalto sexual, abuso psicológico y emocional, negligencia médica e servicios inadecuados de salud mental?
  • ¿Por qué ahora si nombra nuestra comunidad LGBTQJ como un grupo vulnerable, pero no lo hiso cuando realmente importo—durante la orden ejecutiva migratoria de Obama del 20 de Noviembre?
  • También, ella critica al sistema de centros de detención privatizados, pero ¿qué ha hecho para terminar con la industria carcelaria y esos contratos que su mismo gobierno firma con empresas como CCA y Geo Group?
  • ¿Cuánta abogacía ha hecho para que el Congreso ponga un fin al sistema de cuotas de detención?

Las palabras sin acción se las lleva el viento.

Hillary dice que, “Tenemos que reformar el sistema de detención.” Mariposas Sin Fronteras cree que ICE solo ha demostrado que no tiene la capacidad y nunca tendrá la voluntad de dar un trato digno a la comunidad LGBTQJ en la detención. Nicoll, Silvia, Karolina, Tamara, Tania, Karla, Bella, Rebecca, Luna, Vanessa, Ariel, Roger, Marcos, Xochil, Suleima, Milton, Luis, Shantel, José y muchas más miembras y miembros anteriormente detenid@s consideramos que es imposible reformar la detención y hacerla justa. La detención es encarcelamiento y tortura y por naturaleza racista, clasista, homofóbica y transfobica.

***Así es que nosotr@s creemos que ninguna persona LGBTQJ debe estar sometida a la detención y pedimos que termine la industria carcelaria y cierren cada centro de detención.***

Tan solo un día en la detención es mucho.

Tan solo una deportación es demasiada.

#NiUnaMas

Sinceramente,

~Mariposas Sin Fronteras  

 

Mariposas Sin Fronteras

¡Libertad para tod@s!

Mariposas Sin Fronteras: “One day in detention is too long. One deportation is too many. #Not1More”

Trans and Queer Migrants Previously Detained Respond to Hilary’s Statements on LGBTQJ detention

Mariposas Sin Fronteras, a Tucson-based group primarily composed of LGBTQJ migrants who have been previously detained, responds in the following manner to Hillary Clinton’s comments about the detention of transgender, gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals:

The comments of the aspiring presidential candidate are a political disguise and farce. Her comments are only that—pretty-sounding words, but in practice we don’t see anything promising. Hillary was part of the Obama administration cabinet. Her government has deported more than 2 million people. She has been part of the system that detains and deports our LGBTQJ community. As a government official, she was a sponsor and accomplice of the violation of the human rights of the LGBTQJ migrant community.

  • What has she done over the years when the government was asked to provide better treatment for transgender people in detention? The conditions seem to only be getting worse. What is Hillary doing about our experiences with being mis-gendered and made targets of sexual assault, psychological and emotional abuse, medical negligence and inadequate mental health services?
  • Why does she now consider our LGBTQJ community a vulnerable group, but her administration didn’t think so when it really mattered—during Obama’s November 20th immigration executive order?
  • Also, she criticizes the system of for-profit detention centers, but what has she done to end the prison industry and to end those contracts that her own government signs with companies like CCA and Geo Group?
  • How much advocacy has she done so that Congress put an end to the quota system of detention?

Words without action are nothing but empty promises.

Hillary says, “We have to reform the detention system.” Mariposas Sin Fronteras believes that ICE has only shown that it is incapable of and will never have the will-power to provide dignified treatment to the LBGQTJ community in detention. Nicoll, Silvia, Karolina, Tamara, Tania, Karla, Bella, Rebecca, Luna, Vanessa, Ariel, Roger, Marcos, Xochil, Suleima, Milton, Luis, Shantel, José and many more members that have been previously detained believe that it is impossible to reform the detention system and make it just. Detention is imprisonment and torture and by its very nature racist, classist, homophobic and transphobic.

***That is why we believe that no one from the LGBTQJ community should be placed in detention and we ask that the prison industry be terminated and all detention centers be shutdown. ***

One day in detention is too long.

One deportation is too many.

#Not1More

Sincerely,

~Mariposas Sin Fronteras

(English translation below)

Mariposas Sin Fronteras: “Tan solo un día en la detención es mucho. Tan solo una deportación es demasiada. #NiUnaMas” Migrantes Transgenero, Gay, Lesbiana y Bisexual Responden a las Declaraciones de Hillary Clinton Sobre Detención e Inmigración

Mariposas Sin Fronteras, una agrupación de Tucson principalmente de personas LGBTQJ migrante y previamente detenid@s, responde de la siguiente manera a los comentarios de Hillary Clinton que dio sobre la detención de personas transgenero, gay, lesbiana, y bisexual:

Los comentarios de la aspirante candidata presidencial son un disfraz político. Sus comentarios son solo eso—palabras bonitas, pero en la práctica no vemos nada alentador. Hillary es parte del gabinete presidencial de Obama. Su gobierno de Hillary ha deportado a más de 2 millones de personas. Ella es parte del sistema que detiene y deporta a nuestra comunidad LGBTQJ. Hillary siendo funcionaria gubernamental es autora y cómplice del atropello a los derechos humanos de la comunidad LGBTQJ migrante.

• ¿Qué ha hecho ella sobre los años en que se ha le ha pedido al gobierno mejor tratamiento a las personas transgenero en detención? Las condiciones van de mal en peor. ¿Qué está haciendo Hillary sobre los ejemplos de nuestras experiencias con la falta de respeto a la identidad de género, y como hemos sido agredid@s con asalto sexual, abuso psicológico y emocional, negligencia médica e servicios inadecuados de salud mental?

• ¿Por qué ahora si nombra nuestra comunidad LGBTQJ como un grupo vulnerable, pero su administración no lo hiso cuando realmente importo—durante la orden ejecutiva migratoria de Obama del 20 de Noviembre?

• También, ella critica al sistema de centros de detención privatizados, pero ¿qué ha hecho para terminar con la industria carcelaria y esos contratos que su mismo gobierno firma con empresas como CCA y Geo Group?

• ¿Cuánta abogacía ha hecho para que el Congreso ponga un fin al sistema de cuotas de detención?

Las palabras sin acción se las lleva el viento.

Hillary dice que, “Tenemos que reformar el sistema de detención.” Mariposas Sin Fronteras cree que ICE solo ha demostrado que no tiene la capacidad y nunca tendrá la voluntad de dar un trato digno a la comunidad LGBTQJ en la detención. Nicoll, Silvia, Karolina, Tamara, Tania, Karla, Bella, Rebecca, Luna, Vanessa, Ariel, Roger, Marcos, Xochil, Suleima, Milton, Luis, Shantel, José y muchas más miembras y miembros anteriormente detenid@s consideramos que es imposible reformar la detención y hacerla justa. La detención es encarcelamiento y tortura y por naturaleza racista, clasista, homofóbica y transfobica.

***Así es que nosotr@s creemos que ninguna persona LGBTQJ debe estar sometida a la detención y pedimos que termine la industria carcelaria y cierren cada centro de detención.***

Tan solo un día en la detención es mucho.
Tan solo una deportación es demasiada.
#NiUnaMas

Sinceramente,

~Mariposas Sin Fronteras

Mariposas Sin Fronteras: “One day in detention is too long. One deportation is too many. #Not1More”
Trans and Queer Migrants Previously Detained Respond to Hilary’s Statements on LGBTQJ detention

Mariposas Sin Fronteras, a Tucson-based group primarily composed of LGBTQJ migrants who have been previously detained, responds in the following manner to Hillary Clinton’s comments about the detention of transgender, gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals:

The comments of the aspiring presidential candidate are a political disguise and farce. Her comments are only that—pretty-sounding words, but in practice we don’t see anything promising. Hillary is part of the cabinet of the Obama administration. Her government has deported more than 2 million people. She is part of the system that detains and deports our LGBTQJ community. As a government official, she is a sponsor and accomplice of the violation of the human rights of the LGBTQJ migrant community.

• What has she done over the years when the government was asked to provide better treatment for transgender people in detention? The conditions seem to only be getting worse. What is Hillary doing about our experiences with being mis-gendered and made targets of sexual assault, psychological and emotional abuse, medical negligence and inadequate mental health services?
• Why does she now consider our LGBTQJ community a vulnerable group, but her administration didn’t think so when it really mattered—during Obama’s November 20th immigration executive order?
• Also, she criticizes the system of for-profit detention centers, but what has she done to end the prison industry and to end those contracts that her own government signs with companies like CCA and Geo Group?
• How much advocacy has she done so that Congress put an end to the quota system of detention?

Words without action are nothing but empty promises.

Hillary says, “We have to reform the detention system.” Mariposas Sin Fronteras believes that ICE has only shown that it is incapable of and will never have the will-power to provide dignified treatment to the LBGQTJ community in detention. Nicoll, Silvia, Karolina, Tamara, Tania, Karla, Bella, Rebecca, Luna, Vanessa, Ariel, Roger, Marcos, Xochil, Suleima, Milton, Luis, Shantel, José and many more members that have been previously detained believe that it is impossible to reform the detention system and make it just. Detention is imprisonment and torture and by its very nature racist, classist, homophobic and transphobic.

***That is why we believe that no one from the LGBTQJ community should be placed in detention and we ask that the prison industry be terminated and all detention centers be shutdown. ***

One day in detention is too long.
One deportation is too many.
#Not1More

Sincerely,

~Mariposas Sin Fronteras

Mariposas Sin Fronteras and Transgender Law Center Demand Release of Nicoll, Trans Asylum Seeker Abused in Detention

Immigration Advocates Demand Release of Abused Trans Asylum Seeker

Nicoll Hernández-Polanco says she’s faced transphobia and verbal, physical, and sexual abuse from immigration staff and other detainees in her all-male facility, despite posing no ‘security threat.’

By Mitch Kellaway

The Transgender Law Center Tuesday called for the release of Nicoll Hernández-Polanco, a Guatemalan trans woman currently being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an all-male detention facility in Florence, Ariz.

In a “Free Nicoll” petition written with other LGBT and immigrant rights organizations, the Law Center explains that Hernández-Polanco came to the U.S. in October seeking asylum because of constant violent attacks, harassment, sexual abuse, and discrimination in her home country and in Mexico.

Continue reading Mariposas Sin Fronteras and Transgender Law Center Demand Release of Nicoll, Trans Asylum Seeker Abused in Detention

#LibertadParaNicoll

Poster - EspanolNicoll Hernández-Polanco (A089-841-646) es una mujer transgénero guatemalteca que se encuentra detenida en un centro de detención para hombres en Florence, AZ por el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE por sus siglas en inglés). Nicoll se entregó en la frontera de los Estados Unidos a agentes de la patrulla fronteriza en octubre del 2014, y de inmediato solicitó asilo 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, Nicoll ha sufrido constante acoso sexual y abuso a manos del personal de ICE y otros migrantes detenidos por ser una mujer transgénero.

Continue reading #LibertadParaNicoll

#FreeNicoll

freenicoll fotoNicoll 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.

Continue reading #FreeNicoll

Estrellita is free in Tucson! ¡Estrellita esta libre en Tucson! ¡Gracias!

Estrellita

Estrellita Libre!I am writing to you with much love and respect to thank you with all my heart the people who have helped me to pay my bond. I am eternally grateful. Blessings to you and may God grant you many blessings, guide, and multiply your kindness and generosity to help those in need. With your help, I am now starting a new life with my family Mariposas Sin Fronteras, where I can improve myself as a person in this country. I have several goals I hope to develop with my effort and dedication and work. One is to fight to win asylum and obtain legal permission. The second is to study English, work and fulfill my duties and obligations to be useful and not waste this opportunity I have been given.

Me dirijo a ustedes con mucho cariño y respeto para agradecerles con todo mi corazón las personas que han ayudado con el pago de mi fianza, estoy eternamente agradecido, bendiciones para ustedes y que Dios derrame muchas bendiciones, guie, multiplique su bondad y generosidad de ayudar a quienes lo necesitan, con su ayuda ahora inicie una nueva vida con mi familia Mariposas Sin Fronteras, ahora podre superarme como persona en este pais. Tengo varias metas espero poder desarrollarlas, con mi esfuerzo y dedicacion y trabajo. Uno es luchar para ganar asilo y obtener el permiso legal. Segundo es estudiar inglés, rabajar y cumplir con mis derechos y obligaciones para ser util y no defraudar esta oportunidad que se ma ha dado.

Help Free Estrellita From Detention!

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Hi, my name is Estrellita!

I am 24 years-old and I come fleeing from Guatemala. The reason why is because gang members in my neighborhood tried forcing me to deliver drugs for them. I refused. Within a few days, I found out that they killed a transgender friend of mine for refusing as well. So I decided to leave my country so that I wouldn’t end up the same way. Now I’m in the Florence Detention Center (FDC) and I need your help to get out and meet my goals and dreams to continue studying here in the US.

Please help me so that I am not detained for the holidays!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION,

Estrellita

Help us get Estrellita out of immigration detention! We need to raise $6,500 by Dec. 22, 2014. Lets bring Estrellita home for the holidays! Please DONATE at our gofundme.com/freeestrellita 

Thank you!

Mariposas Sin Fronteras