Saturday, August 10, 2019
In a new piece for Rewire.News, Tina Vasquez writes about LGBTQ activists that ICE is currently detaining and how advocates are finding ways to assist those migrants. Check it out -- Advocates of Color Are Creating Alternatives to Detention for LGBTQ Migrants.
Vasquez writes: "While the news is saturated with articles about immigration, queer and trans migrants rarely make headlines “unless they die,” said Jennicet Gutiérrez, an organizer with Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (TQLM)."
"Since October 2018, the federal immigration agency has detained about 300 trans people, the highest number since 2015, when ICE began tracking this data. Many LGBTQ migrants who have been detained have reported unsafe conditions, medical neglect, and sexual harassment and assault. Advocates assisting these migrants, who are often asylum seekers escaping violence in their home countries, said their efforts make a tangible difference in the lives of LGBTQ immigrants released from ICE custody. But they are up against overwhelming hurdles, including a lack of funding and resources."
Read the full piece here.