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,
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
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.)
Noche Espectácular Gay w/ DJ Raw-B. Sábado, el 7 de junio, 9pm
@ Fluxx, 414 E 9th calle
Comida brasileña, baile, barril de kombucha. El objetivo es juntar fondos para liberar “Mariposas” (personas LGBTQ) detenidas por ICE/la migra y tambien beneficiar Fluxx, el el único espacio de arte LGBTQ en Tucson
Benefit Party! Enjoy Brazilian food, dancing, a keg of kombucha, and great company while supporting Fluxx’s campaign to stay open and raising funds to pay bonds to get LGBTQ folks OUT of immigration detention! Saturday, June 7th at 9:00pm. $5-10 sliding scale donation. At Fluxx Studios, the first and only queer art space in Tucson, 414 E 9th St (9th St and 4th Ave)
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
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.
Thanks for your support! Since our last post Karla, Vanessa, and Jeovany were all bonded out with support of the Rainbow Defense Fund and Tania won her case and was released without bond!
After our campaign to raise money for Karla and Vanessa, who were bonded out on the same day, we had the cash on hand to bond out Jeovany the day after we met with him, the same day that his partner, Tania, learned she had won her case and was going to be released. They were so happy to be released together!