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


(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.


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!


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 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”

Help Free Estrellita From Detention!


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!



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

DONATE To Free Fabiel From Detention!

Fabiel is a youth from Honduras—he just turned 18 years-old this summer and was detained one month after his birthday. This youthful, talented, fabulous young adult is currently confined to a cold cell in Florence, Arizona. Fabiel is fleeing persecution based on the violence he was witness to in 2012. He relocated to another part of Honduras, but was found and kidnapped. Fabiel miraculously escaped and fled to Mexico and then headed north to the United States. Fabiel also fears persecution based on sexual orientation. He cannot return to his home country. Please help Mariposas Sin Fronteras obtain the $2,000 needed to pay his immigration bond, so that he can be released to his family in the US! (His family already has the other half of the bond amount.)

Any amount will be greatly appreciated!

Please donate for Fabiel’s bond via gofundme: http://www.gofundme.com/freefabiel

or mail checks to:

317 W. 23rd St.

Tucson, AZ 85713

(pay to the order of “Rainbow Defense Fund,” memo line: “Fabiel’s Bond”)


Act Today to Support the Release of Ekundayo!

Ekundayo is a 40-year old gay man from Nigeria who has been held in immigration prison in Eloy Detention Center for eight months. In Nigeria, Ekundayo’s cousins discovered that he was gay, beat him severely, and turned him over to the police. The police tortured him for weeks, beating him in the genitals and mutilating him. A family member took pity on him and bonded him out, but when he returned home he had been disowned and all of his belongings had been sold. Ekundayo made his way to Gabon where people told him that the only way he would be safe as a gay man was to request asylum in the United States. He was smuggled aboard a ship and kept secretly in the hold for three months until the ship docked in Mexico. Ekundayo then hitchhiked and walked across Mexico to reach the United States in spite of walking with a crutch because he was crippled by polio as a child. When he reached the San Isidro port-of-entry in California, he asked for asylum. He was taken into ICE custody and transferred to Eloy Detention Center.

As Ekundayo said in one recent letter, “You know that once somebody is deprived of his freedom, the person is incomplete until he regains his liberty.” Ekundayo is desperate to be released from detention where he has been harassed because of his sexual orientation and has not been provided with any significant medical treatment for his deteriorating physical condition. Ignoring the reasons for his flight from Nigeria, an immigration judge set a $5000 bond for him last week because he has no family in the U.S. Community members have offered their homes to Ekundayo and local legal and health clinics have offered him free services once he is released, but we need your help to get him out! Please donate to the Rainbow Defense Fund for Ekundayo via the Paypal link below
or mail checks payable to

Fondo Arcoiris / The Rainbow Fund

317 W. 23rd St.

Tucson, AZ 85713

(pay to the order of “Corazón de Tucson”, memo line: “Rainbow Defense–Ekundayo”)



Please Donate Today for David’s bond via Paypal

David Ferreira Shubremman, is a 32 year-old sweet and passionate gay man from Brazil. He needs your support!

David is detained in Florence Detention Center since October 2013. He is experiencing intense harassment and abuse in detention. He is seeking asylum due to persecution based on his sexual orientation.

An immigration judge granted David a $2,500 bond on March 26th, 2014.

We are close! Please take action and donate funds to have David released from detention. Your support will directly contribute to having one person no longer exposed to the systematic abuses LGBTQ people face in immigration detention.

Fondo Arcoiris / The Rainbow Fund

317 W. 23rd St.

Tucson, AZ 85713

(pay to the order of “Corazón de Tucson”, memo line: “David’s Bond”)

Over halfway there! $6235 out of $10,000 raised

Help us raise final $3765 to get Karla and Vanessa out of detention!  They can be released as soon as we have the money!

Please donate to the Rainbow Defense Fund detainee bond today!

• Pay pal link here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=49GTVBXQ9RF76&lc=US&item_name=Rainbow%20Defense%20Fund&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

• Or mail checks to:
The Rainbow Defense Fund
127 N. Palomas Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85745

Pay to the order of “Restoration Project, Florence” –
Memo line: “Rainbow Defense Fund”.

Bond Support for Vanessa and Karla– Two Transgender Detainees in Immigration Custody

*The Rainbow Defense Fund*
Please support!

The Rainbow Defense Fund seeks to raise funds for the bond release of LGBTQ detainees in immigration detention centers in Florence, Arizona.

Currently, we have two friends that have received a bond, that if they are paid, they can be released! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

Vanessa Martinez
“Hello, my name is Vanessa Martinez. I am from Honduras. I have been in immigration detention for 2 years now. I am a 40 year-old transgender (male to female) loving and sensible person. I had a harsh childhood that included living in poverty, not knowing my mother until I was 14 years-old, not attending school, and facing discrimination and aggression due to my transgender identity. I also have a serious medical condition; I was diagnosed with diabetes. Getting deported to Honduras could mean a death sentence for me since I do not have access to medical treatment there. My dream is to open a home for homeless children and the elderly, so that no child or elder ever have to go through what I have endured. I was recently granted a bond hearing, and the judge gave me a $7,500 bond. If I pay this I can be free from detention. Hopefully, you are able to spread the word. Thank you!”

Karla Salazar
Karla is a fabulous, funny and sweet transgender youth from El Salvador. She dreams of living, working, and studying in the United States. Karla is detained in the Florence Detention Center. Since Karla is transgender, she is more vulnerable and marginalized at the men’s facility where she is currently detained in. She has applied for political asylum on the basis of persecution due to her sexual orientation.
The good news is a judge granted her a bond for $4,500. Her friend from New York has fundraised $2,000—all Karla needs is $2,500 to be released while her asylum case is pending.
This is where we need your support!

Please take action and donate funds to have Vanessa and Karla released from detention. They must pay their bond as soon as possible or risk prolonged detention. Your support will directly contribute to having two people no longer exposed to the systematic abuses LGBTQ prisoners face in immigration detention.

Please take action, donate and spread the word so these fabulous people can be released from detention. Your support will directly contribute to having people no longer exposed to the systematic abuses LGBTQ prisoners face in immigration detention.

• Please donate to the Rainbow Defense Fund detainee bond today!

• Pay pal link here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=49GTVBXQ9RF76&lc=US&item_name=Rainbow%20Defense%20Fund&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

• Or mail checks to:
The Rainbow Defense Fund
127 N. Palomas Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85745

Pay to the order of “Restoration Project, Florence” –
Memo line: “Rainbow Defense Fund”.

Thank you!
-The Rainbow Defense Fund