Free Irving! Liberen a Irving!

GoFundMe suspended our campaign! So please donate to our pay pal! Thank you!

GoFundMe suspendio nuestra campaña! Por favor donen al pay pal! Gracias!

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=MARLY3CPY3FQ4
Help get Irving out of detention!


I first met Irving in April 2016 after his partner, Luis Manuel, reached out to Mariposas Sin Fronteras for support. Irving had been detained and taken to Eloy Detention Center in November of 2015. Luis Manuel had also been detained about 2 years ago and now his partner is going through a similar situation.

Irving and Luis Manuel have been together for 6 years. Part of this time they both suffered discrimination and homophobia while they were in Mexico, which caused them both physical and emotional trauma. For these reasons, Irving and Luis Manuel fled Mexico together and are now fighting their asylum cases in the US.

Irving has been detained in Eloy Detention Center for a year and a month and after a long fight has finally received a bond of $20,000. His family and partner, Luis Manuel, have saved as much as possible for this moment, but are still $5,000 short.

We are reaching out to the community to support Irving and Luis Manuel in these difficult moments. With your support Irving could be reunited with his partner and family this week! Any donation amount would be greatly appreciated and please share the campaign! 🙂

To donate

Thank you,

Cathie
Mariposas Sin Fronteras
https://mariposassinfronteras.org/

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Ayuda a sacar Irving de la detencion!

Yo conoci a Irving en Abril del 2016 despues que su pareja, Luis Manuel, vino a Mariposas Sin Fronteras buscando apoyo. Irving fue detenido y llevado al centro de detencion en Eloy en Noviembre del 2015. Luis Manuel tambien fue detenido  en Eloy hace 2 años y ahora su pareja esta en una situacion similar.

Irving y Luis Manuel han estado juntos por 6 años. Parte de ese tiempo ellos sufrieron bastaste discriminación y homofobia en Mexico que causo trastorno físico y emocional. Por estas razones Irving y Luis Maniel se fueron de Mexico y ahora estan luchando por sus casos de asilo aqui en los Estados Unidos.

Irving ha estado detenido en el centro de detencion en Eloy por un año y un mes y despues de una lucha larga por fin ha recibido una fianza de $20,000. Su familia y pareja, Luis Manuel, han  ahorrado el mas dinero posible para este momento pero todavia les falta $5,000.

Por favor apoyen a Irving y Luis Manuel en estos momentos dificiles. Con su apoyo Irving puede reunirse con su pareja y familia esta semana! Cualquier donacion seria muy agradecida y por favor compartan la campaña! 🙂

Gracias,

Cathie
Mariposas Sin Fronteras
https://mariposassinfronteras.org/

Let’s Help Juan be FREE!!! Juan is a young man who needs $1,500 more for his bond! PLEASE DONATE!!

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“We need $1,500.00 to help a fine young man named Juan Sanchez Martinez.   The $1,500.00 is the fee needed to let Juan be free from immigration pending his U-Visa application.

Juan came to this country at a very young age brought by his mother who was a single mother raising her children on her own.  He also came with a younger brother and sister.  Juan’s mother never applied for legal citizenship for him or his siblings.  Juan’s mother died approximately 1 year ago.  Juan’s only family his brother and sister are here in the U.S.    Juan has been held by immigration pending U-Visa and has been told it will take approximately 1 more year of processing.

We want to help Juan with his immigration matter so that he can come out and help his brother and sister.  It is Juan’s desire to be legal here in the United States, the only country he has known his entire life.

Before Juan was picked up by Immigration he was working and contributing to society.  He also volunteered in South Los Angeles helping at a food kitchen feeding 100 people or more each Saturday.

Juan deserves an opportunity to remain in this country, this has been his only home since he came as a young child.

Can you help —  we are thankful for any donation, large or small.”

The message above is from the GoFundMe page.

Here is the link to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/juans-immigration-fight

Your support is appreciated!

Summer Letter Writing with Las Mariposas

**ESPAÑOL ABAJO**

Summer Letter Writing with Las Mariposas

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Time: 6pm-9pm

Location: Mariposas Sin Fronteras Office, 620 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

Due to a measles outbreak, we have been unable to visit with our friends in Eloy Detention Center. Join us as we write them much-needed letters of strength and love. They need our encouragement now more than ever!

**This event will be a potluck. Please bring something to share!**

 

Cartas Veranieras de Las Mariposas

Fecha: Jueves, 23 de Junio de 2016

Hora: 6pm-9pm

Lugar: La Oficina de Mariposas Sin Fronteras, 620 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

Debido a un brote de sarampión, no hemos sido capaces de visitar con nuestr@s compañer@s en el Centro de Detención de Eloy. Únete con nosotr@s para escribirles cartas necesarias de fuerza y amor. ¡Ell@s necesitan nuestro aliento más que nunca!

**Este evento sera de traje. ¡Por favor traigan algo para compartir!**

Te SoNe Libre

te sone libre

**ESPAÑOL ABAJO**

We are happy to invite you to our first ever art show by talented folks in immigration detention and the amazing artist Isela “Chela Meraz from Phoenix, AZ. “Te SoNe Libre” is an art show to celebrate the resistance of LGBTQ+ people in immigration detention.

The opening reception will be June 18, 2016 @ Flux Studio and Gallery, 690 E 19th St. Tucson, AZ 85719. Doors open at 6pm and the program starts at 7pm. No one will be turned away, entrance will be donation based suggested at $5-$7. Chela and members of Mariposas Sin Fronteras will give a presentation about the art followed by a dance party! So bring you’re dancing shoes because DJ Chandra will be playing all the jams. Mariposas Sin Fronteras will also be selling food so come have dinner with us.

Art will be on display at Fluxx Studio and Gallery from June 18th to July 8th. Save the date for our closing reception at Casa Libre on July 9th. More details to come!

Thank you for supporting LGBTQ+ and HIV+ migrant organizing and liberation!

For more information about the artist, Isela (Chela) Meraz please visit our facebook event page for a short bio.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1018451368243944/

 

Estamos felices de invitarlos a nuestra primera exposición de arte de personas talentosas quien están detenidas o estuvieron detenidas en detenciones de inmigración y también habrá arte por Isela “Chela” Meraz de Phoenix, AZ. “Te Soñe Libre” es una exposición de arte para celebrar la resistencia de personas LGBTQ+ en detención de inmigración.

La apertura será el 18 de Junio del 2016 en Fluxx Studio & Gallery, 690 E 19th St. Tucson, AZ 85719. Puertas abren a las 6pm y el programa empezara a las 7pm. La entrada será por donaciones sugeridas de $5-$7 pero nadie será rechazado por no tener fondos. Chela y miembros de Mariposas Sin Fronteras darán una presentación sobre el arte y después tendremos una fiesta de baile! Traiga sus zapatos para bailar por que DJ Chandra va estar tocando música para gozar. Mariposas Sin Fronteras también estará vendiendo comida para que vengan a cenar con nosotrxs.

El arte estará en exhibición en Fluxx Studio & Gallery desde el 18 de Junio hasta el 8 de Julio. Guarde la fecha para nuestra recepción final que será en Casa Libre el 9 de Julio. Habrá mas detalles pronto!

Gracias por apoyar el trabajo y la liberación de migrantes LGBTQ+ y VIH positivo!

Para mas información sobre la artista, Isela (Chela) Meraz por favor visite nuestra pagina de evento en Facebook para una pequeña biografía. https://www.facebook.com/events/1018451368243944/

 

Food Sale at the Vox Urbana Concert at Solar Culture!

Join us this Friday, May 6th for some good music and some good food! Vox Urbana will be performing at Solar Culture and doors open at 8pm and showtime is 9pm-12am. Come early and enjoy some delicious food made by yours truly!

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Remember to bring an appetite and some cash! 🙂

Mariposa Sin Fronteras will be selling some yummy Salvadoran treats and Mexican tamales. Oh and there will also be some delicious homemade Aguas Frescas.

Check out the menu:

1.) Pupusas $3 each or 2 for $5 (bean and cheese)
2.) Bean Canoas $5 each
3.) Canoas with milk, raisins y cinnamon $5 each
4.) Red Mole Tamales $3 each
5.) Green Mole Tamales $3 each
6.) Aguas frescas of Tamarind and Hibiscus $2
*canoas will be made out of plantains and then stuffed

See you soon! 🙂

¡Vengan con hambre y recuerden traer dinero en efectivo! 🙂

Mariposa Sin Fronteras va estar vendiendo antojitos Salvadoreños y tamales Mexicanos. También habra deliciosas aguas frescas hechas en casa.
Aqui esta el menu:
1.) Pupusas $3 por una or 2 por $5 (de queso y frijol)
2.) Canoas de frijol $5 por 1
3.) Canoas de leche, pasas y canela $5 por 1
4.) Tamales de mole rojo $3 por 1
5.) Tamales de mole verde $3 por 1
6.) Aguas frescas de Tamarindo y Jamaica $2

¡Los esperamos! 🙂

Check out the Vox Urbana Facebook event page!

#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