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.

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#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.

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#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.

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